Protesters call for university police to leave campuses

On Thursday 8 September, students, teachers and other university workers took part in a massive rally in the Constitution Square in Athens protesting the deployment of police on Greek campuses. Activists from the Students Struggle Front (MAS) and Communist Youth of Greece (KNE) were among those who participated in the mobilisation, reports Peoples Dispatch.

According to reports, the University Institutions Protection Teams have been deployed in the four major universities in Athens and Thessaloniki on a pilot basis. This is part of the government’s plan to supposedly protect campuses from anarchism and vandalism.

In a statement issued on 6 September, the MAS called on the university police to leave the campuses. It said that at a time when thousands of students do not know if they will be able to continue their education and despite the lack of dormitories, soaring rents and poor university funding, the government has allocated €50 million (US$50.7 million) for the university police and for cameras and turnstiles inside campuses.
Full report on the Peoples Dispatch site