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Notícies :: educació i societat
Greece: Heavy police repression on students demonstrating
08 mar 2007
Thousands of students and teachers, protesting against the new law for the universities which is being voting at the moment, were brutally repressed by the police. Police repression is ongoing while arrestees are having a hard time
The new frame law for the functioning of the Universities was voted on Thursday afternoon, after the decision of the government to start the process in the Parliament despite the public outrage; since students, pupils, teachers and academics have been in an ongoing struggle since May 2006, including occupations of schools and faculties, strikes and demonstrations.

As the state media reported, only the governmental party voted for the new law, while the rest of them decided to leave the room after the preliminary poll. Meanwhile, more than 35000 of students, including teachers and academics, were demonstrating in the streets of Athens, in order to surround the Parliament.

It was in front of the Parliament that some demonstrators clashed with the police while the air got full of asphyxiating and tear gas and rubber bullets were shot for the first time. The march was forced to split into pieces and about 100 hundred demonstrators that happened to be at that place, were segregated and severely walloped by a heavy police force. Several attacks followed, in order to split the rest of the march into smaller pieces, when the school teachers were beaten as well. Individuals had to ran away and hide into nearby buildings.

The situation is still evolving as this article is being written. Reports from the Athens police Heardquarters say that all of the 62 temporary detainees will be considered as arrestees. There is a widespread terror imposed on the arrestees, even 1st-year undergraduate girls have been accused for social disturbance. 45 people had to go to the hospital since they were injured. The police and the Public Prosecutor are very provocative, not allowing the arrestees to meet their lawyers. Also, 5 injured detainees, students in Chemical Engineering, are not allowed to go to the hospital.

Riots spread in Thessaloniki city as well, following a spontaneous solidarity march that took place, in protest for the repression that had taken place in Athens. Currently the riot police is spraying tear gas towards the university and the students in the Thessaloniki Polytechnic Faculty are suffering. The student radio 1431AM is reporting that the gas is everywhere in the corridors. Hundreds of students are trying to escape the gas, some of them into rooms or on the roof. 1 guy was injured after having been hit by a police tear gas rocket.

The student radio speakers say they are confident we are facing the first implications of the new legislation, that has led to a widespread feeling of dictatorship

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Re: Greece: Heavy police repression on students demonstrating
09 mar 2007
La situació a Grècia és molt greu!
Fa més de quatre mesos que les facultats estan ocupades per evitar un procés de privatització.
Accions de solidaritat i de protesta davant de totes les embaixades i consolats grecs a l'exterior.

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