Police remand 15 over Athens University sit-in

Police on Monday night remanded 15 people in custody and may be arresting them later on Tuesday, in connection with a sit-in protest at the administrative headquarters of Athens University that entered its 16th day Tuesday.

Earlier on Monday, the university’s rectorate wrote to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and party leaders asking them to find a way to end the occupation of the institution’s main building by anti-establishment protesters. The letter said that the protest is severely hampering the institution’s day-to-day activities and expressed concern that there are addicts taking drugs on the university premises.

Police said on Tuesday that 15 people were remanded as they left the building on Monday night and charges may be brought against them after questioning.

The protesters are demanding the closure of maximum security prisons and the release of some suspects detained on suspicion of being accomplices to members of urban guerrilla groups.

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