Students attacked at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki during elections

Altercations between students and hooded youths during student union elections at Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University led to three students allegedly sustaining slight injuries in the northern port city on Wednesday.

Similar incidents also occurred at student union elections at the National Technical University of Athens and the Athens University for Economics and Business, reports said.

Reacting to the incidents, Alternate Minister for Citizens’ Protection Yiannis Panousis noted that these were “issues for which the academic community must accept the responsibility of managing,” adding that the country should not aim for a “policed university or an irresponsible university.”

In a related development, the Hellenic Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (POSDEP) underlined the need for far-reaching reform of the Greek education system, accusing Education Minister Aristides Baltas of reversing decades of progress with recent changes to legislation.

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