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Children are protesting in front of police stations

11 December 2008 / 16:12:50  GRReporter
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Students from all over Athens are demonstrating since this morning in front of neighborhood police stations. Some of them throw stones and “Molotoff” cocktails at the policemen but the authorities are instructed for maximum restraint. Despite this in Koridalos, where there are more than 700 students, the policemen used tear and poisonous gas. On the central “Patision” street in Athens the police arrested 12 students because they found stones in their backpacks. Later on they were released. Also in the Northern suburb Halandri, students were throwing stones at the police but managed to hurt a passing by older man.

In front of the Defense Ministry demonstrators set a car on fire; the boulevard was closed and as a result there were many traffic jams from the Northern suburbs coming down to the center. Students are blocking streets and intersections across town without warning, so drivers can run into a demonstration at the last moment. Since this morning more than eleven big boulevards and intersections were closed for few hours.

The Ministry of Education announced that over 120 school buildings in Greece have been occupied by high school and university students. 60 of them are in Athens and the rest are all over the country. A student demonstration is set for tomorrow in front of the parliament building. On Saturday and Sunday university students will demonstrate as well. The authorities said that the results from the ballistic expertise will be announced tomorrow so all speculations will come to an end.

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