Greece: Student occupations spread

September 3, 2011

“At least 87 [Greek university] departments were under student occupation, with the number increasing by the hour,” said on August 31.

“General Assemblies are happening all of this and next week and it is very likely that the number will increase dramatically.

“There seems to be a completely unprecedented agreement between students across almost the entire political spectrum for mobilisations against the voted law: this is rapidly becoming a stand-off between the Student community and the Parliament.”

On August 30, said: “Only days after the new education bill was voted into law, bringing sweeping changes to Greece’s higher education system (immense funding cuts, abolition of the academic asylum etc), students on the ground have been organising their response.”

It said that by August 30, 45 university departments were occupied — the number growing dramatically by the next day.

Student demonstrators marched in Athens on September 1 and in Thessaloniki on September 2.

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