Ten­sion at univer­si­ties ahead of an­niver­sary

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Po­lice used stun grenades and tear gas last night to dis­perse stu­dents protest­ing the decision to close univer­si­ties in the cap­i­tal sev­eral days ahead of the an­niver­sary of the bloody Novem­ber 17 up­ris­ing against the junta at Athens Poly­tech­nic in 1973.

There was ten­sion from the morn­ing when stu­dents at Athens Univer­sity found the doors closed and riot po­lice guard­ing the in­sti­tu­tion. An at­tempt by the riot squad to move pro­test­ers who had gath­ered out­side the univer­sity away from the build­ing led to two stu­dents suf­fer­ing in­juries.

Kathimerini un­der­stands that univer­sity au­thor­i­ties had asked for the main build­ing, as well as the Law School and the Athens Univer­sity of Eco­nomics and Business, to be guarded from Wed­nes­day night amid con­cern about stu­dents hold­ing sit-ins to mark the Novem­ber 17 an­niver­sary. The build­ings are to re­main shut un­til Mon­day.

Riot po­lice in­ter­vened in the evening when some stu­dents at­tempted to en­ter the grounds of the Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity of Athens (the for­mer Poly­tech­nic) to hold a gen­eral assem­bly that had been called by stu­dent groups. They used ba­tons and chem­i­cals to force the stu­dents away from the build­ing.

The day’s events also caused ar­gu­ments in Par­lia­ment, where SYRIZA crit­i­cized the decision to close the univer­si­ties.

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