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Police detain 31 at university protest

Students sought to disrupt meeting of governing board

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Police used tear gas during their operation that saw many businesses on Panepistimiou St pull down their shutters in anticipation of trouble

Riot police block the entrance to Athens University, 8 July 2013 (AFP) Riot police block the entrance to Athens University, 8 July 2013 (AFP) Thirty-one people have been detained by police following a protest at the central building of the University of Athens on Monday.

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.

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