Parliament approves historic bill on policing universities

The Greek parliament on 11 February approved an education reform bill, which, among other things, attempts to address the problem of university security, writes Tasos Kokkinidis for the Greek Reporter.

The bill was approved with 166 lawmakers voting for and 132 against. All opposition parties, with the exception of the extreme right Greek Solution party, rejected the bill.

The controversial provision that would allow police to patrol university campuses was met with angry protests in Athens, Thessaloniki and elsewhere. The new law also introduces a minimum entry requirement and maximum periods for students to complete their degrees. Student organisations and opposition parties claim that the conservative government displays authoritarian tendencies and intends to silence critical thought and free expression by policing the universities.
Full report on the Greek Reporter site