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Students held after violent reforms protest

Hundreds of students clashed with police in Komotini, northern Greece, yesterday as they tried to burst into a conference of university rectors who had been discussing proposed reforms to the tertiary education system. More than five people, including police officers, were injured after around 300 students tried to storm a police blockade and deliver their petition to the rectors. Three protesters were arrested following the skirmish. The proposed changes being discussed yesterday by rectors foresee a reduced role for students in the decision-making process at universities that prevents them from having a major say in the election of rectors. Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis is due to address the conference today.