At least 45 university departments occupied by their students in Greece, gearing up for another winter of discontent
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. So far, more than 45 university departments have been occupied by their students, following General Assemblies in each of them; many more are due to follow in the next few days.
In Athens, all 9 departments of the Polytechnic (NTUA) are now occupied; the entire Panteion (Social Sciences) University is also occupied, along with some departments of the University of Athens. There are also occupations in Patras, Thessaloniki and Chania (Crete), with the list growing by the hour.
A student demonstration has been called in Athens for Thursday, September 1st.
Students target the house of University of Athens vice-chancellor for selling-out the academic asylum; departmental general assemblies across the country, as the student movement gears up for a warm winter
On the evening of Friday August 26th, a small demonstration of 50-60 anarchist students took place in the neighbourhood of Goudi, Athens, where the university’s vice-chancellor Pelegrinis resides. The demonstration came in response to Pelegrinis’ approval of the police operation to evacuate the squat Conteiner at the Zografou campus, only hours after the Parliament had voted to repeal the Academic Asylum.
Meanwhile, students have called for their general assemblies in tens of departments across the country this week. The two main universities in Athens (NTUA and UoA) have already postponed their exam dates by a week to allow for these assemblies and it is expected that many of these will decide for student occupations, commencing the student struggle against the most recent education reform law.
Photos from the August 26th intervention follow – many more photos here.
(Pointing at his doorbell) “We know where you live” and “Pelegrini, you wanker, the Asylum is here to stay”