Students clash with police at Thessaloniki University

Students clash with police at Thessaloniki University

Student groups clashed with police outside the science faculty of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in northern Greece on Tuesday during a protest at the transformation into a library of a section of the building that had been the location for more than 30 years of an unauthorized “hangout” and was dismantled in late December by police.

Students have taken issue with the presence of the police on campus, saying that it is a violation of a university asylum law designed to protect academic freedoms by preventing authorities from intervening on campuses.

According to reports in local media, the clashes started when a few youths gathered on the building’s rooftop and peppered police below with rocks and spraying them with water from a hose.

They were joined by protesters, staging a rally outside the science faculty, who clashed with riot police.

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