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Greece: Student activists released as thousands rally outside Thessaloniki court03:29

Greece: Student activists released as thousands rally outside Thessaloniki court

Greece, Thessaloniki
February 23, 2021 at 16:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of students marched through Thessaloniki on Tuesday to a courthouse as it released activists detained during violent demonstrations a day earlier.

31 protesters were arrested on Monday after a rally against a new campus security bill turned violent.

"I was attacked personally by 4-5 policemen, they beat me and threw me on the floor, while I did not resist, then I was also handcuffed," said Lefteris Stergiou, one of released protesters.

"This repression will not pass, we believe that our struggle is fair, our fight for our universities to reopen without having police presence inside," he added.

The demonstrations were triggered by the recently approved bill which overturned a previous law banning police from operating on university grounds.

Opposition parties and student unions condemned the new law saying it goes against democratic practices on campuses.

The government argues the measure would stop criminal activity and violent protests.

Greece: Student activists released as thousands rally outside Thessaloniki court03:29
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Thousands of students marched through Thessaloniki on Tuesday to a courthouse as it released activists detained during violent demonstrations a day earlier.

31 protesters were arrested on Monday after a rally against a new campus security bill turned violent.

"I was attacked personally by 4-5 policemen, they beat me and threw me on the floor, while I did not resist, then I was also handcuffed," said Lefteris Stergiou, one of released protesters.

"This repression will not pass, we believe that our struggle is fair, our fight for our universities to reopen without having police presence inside," he added.

The demonstrations were triggered by the recently approved bill which overturned a previous law banning police from operating on university grounds.

Opposition parties and student unions condemned the new law saying it goes against democratic practices on campuses.

The government argues the measure would stop criminal activity and violent protests.