Athens University rectorate justifies lockdown

The rectorate of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens issued a statement Thursday with regard to its decision to halt access to university premises from Thursday to Monday.

According to the statement the decision was taken as a security measure in view of the upcoming commemoration of the November 17 student uprising against the Greek junta in 1973.

The Athens University rectorate noted that scheduled events had been cancelled after a careful assessment of the situation.

“Our sense of responsibility toward the university and the entire Greek state comes first,” the statement read.

A group of students clashed with riot police forces outside the university’s law faculty on Thursday, after the former attempted to enter the premises.

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