EnetEnglish.gr, 15:00 Monday 8 July 2013
Police detain 31 at university protest
Students sought to disrupt meeting of governing board
Police used tear gas during their operation that saw many businesses on Panepistimiou St pull down their shutters in anticipation of trouble
Riot police were dispatched to the university at around 11am, after a group of students sought to disrupt a meeting of the institution's governing board in protest at the Athina plan for university reform.
When the police arrived, the students reportedly shut themselves inside the building.
Police used tear gas during their operation that saw many businesses on Panepistimiou St pull down their shutters in anticipation of trouble.
The Athina plan includes the closure of a number of universities as well as of dozens of departments at universities and technical colleges. As a result of the reform, many students will have to move to a different city in order to complete their studies.
Note: This article was amended on July 12 to remove a claim that the Athina plan includes the closure of the International Hellenic University. This is not the case and we apologise for any misunderstandings.