STUDENT MARCHES IN ATHENS AND THESSALONIKI 17/1/2007
National marches were organised by many student associations in Athens and Thessaloniki, where more than 270 faculties are occupied by students, protesting against the revision of the constitutional article 16, introducing the establishment of private universities. Mainly however, is undertaken the subordination of academic stupidity to the enterprising and economic plannings, as well as the intensification of student subjugation through more demanding schedules, imposition of maximum time of studies, additional academic expenses etc.
The course in Athens, began around 14:00, with attendance of more than 15.000 demonstrators. A bit earlier there was an attack with molotof cocktails against riot-policemen who blockaded some streets around the techical university, while in the morning a CCTV camera was set on fire outside the techical university. Reaching to the march's ending some groups of demonstrators, burned 5 government and diplomatic vehicles, 2 CCTV cameras, and clashed with the police. Later the afternoon, many demonstrators went to the techical university, wich is occupied by anarchist groups in solidarity to the 3 detainees of May 6th (2 of them are on a hunger strike)-for more info click here. Cops tried to attack the occupied building but were forced to recede, while 2-3 riot policemen caught fire!
In Thessaloniki, more than 3.000 persons demonstrated, after a calling of student associations in the techical university, at 18:00, towards the ministry of Macedonia & Thrace. Groups of demonstrators broke in and set fire to the commercial bank near the ministry, a subsidiary of Piraeus bank, and a McDonalds, as well as 2 CCTV cameras. There were also conflicts between cops and demonstrators by the university area, when the police tried to attack the demo. No arrest was made anyway.