- Police Clash With Demonstrators in Athens Protesting Repeal of University Sanctuary Law
Police Clash With Demonstrators In Athens Protesting Repeal Of University Sanctuary Law
Umer Jamshaid 1 year ago Thu 31st October 2019 | 09:41 PM
Police used tear gas and stun grenades on Thursday against demonstrators in Athens, protesting the abolition of a law that banned Greek law enforcement from entering university grounds, a Sputnik correspondent reported
Greece overturned the university sanctuary law in August. The government said the decision was motivated by its desire to eliminate criminals who have allegedly hijacked the educational facilities to deal drugs and make petrol bombs on their campuses.
The march started at the University of Athens in the east of Greece's capital and headed to the central Syntagma Square. A group of protesters tried to break through a police cordon near the parliament building close by and threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at law enforcement officers.
The epicenter of clashes between police and protesters took place near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias was holding talks with his Israeli counterpart, Israel Katz, at the time.
The law has since been overturned and reinstated on numerous occasions, most recently being reinstated in 2017.