A new wave of occupations has hit off in Greece, now counting more than 200 of the 460 departments across the country.
Students are protesting the new neoliberal education bill that was signed into law on August 24th. Assemblies are taking place in all the universities and a new the wave of student struggles after the last one in 2007 looks likely. Read more in English in these articles copied from Occupied London Blog:
At least 87 departments under student occupation across Greece, with the number increasing by the hour
At least 87 departments across the country are now under student occupation — General Assemblies are happening all of this and next week and it is very likely that the number will increase dramatically. There seems to be a completely unprecedented agreement between students across almost the entire political spectrum for mobilisations against the voted law: this is rapidly becoming a stand-off between the Student community and the Parliament.
Here is a google map with departments under occupation — please note that it’s not quite up-to-date, as the number of departments increases rapidly, literally by the hour.
Student demonstrations have been called for September 1st, in Athens and September 2nd, in Thessaloniki.
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.