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Students will remain out on the streets today as well

15 December 2008 / 14:12:42  GRReporter
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Students will remain out on the streets today as well because of the murder of 16 year old Alexis Grigoropoulos. At 12:00 pm today, there will be a sitting protest in front of the main police station on Alexandras Boulevard and in front of police stations all over the country. At the same time the traffic on main central streets was stopped – blocked will be the streets around the Ministry of Education, Defense Ministry, the streets “Thiva,” Thiseos,” “Davaki” in Kalethea, and “Korai” square in Pirea.

The schools occupation decision will be taken by each school separately by a 15 member student meeting. According to data given by the Education Ministry, until now the occupied schools are 100 but according to students the number varies between 400 and 600 and around 100 universities. The students came to a decision that they will remain on the streets until the end of the week. The protests will mainly be occupations, demonstrations, and blocking street traffic.

One of the decisions made yesterday was that at 06:00 pm on Tuesday a peaceful procession will start from the corner of the streets “Harilaos Trikoupis” and “Kalidromou” in Ekzarhia where the boy was shot. The goal of the procession is to end in front of the local police station and the demand is for the police station to be moved from there.

High school students from Petroupoulis neighborhood talked to journalists from “Elefteros Tipos” newspaper: “We are studying in a “bad” school and after that we will get in, in a “bad” university. Meanwhile we owe to our families tens of thousands of Euros for private lessons. And what for is all that? To receive undergraduate degrees, which at the end of the day will remain framed on the wall? To become knowledgeable only “on paper”? To work several jobs, which won’t have anything to do with what we have graduated? As much as we read, as much as we try, as much as we try to be optimists, somewhere deep inside we are afraid that one day we will become educated young employees for 700 Euros.”

Regarding the crisis the students shared that “we have a hard time dealing with our main duties. A system has settled down, which “wants” the whole society – families, young and older people, to owe to banks. A total insecurity exists.”

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