The anniversary of a student uprising acts as a test-run for new police freedom to enter university campuses
This article was published by Al Jazeera International.
|People throw red carnations on the Polytechnic gates that were crushed by a tank in 1973 during a student occupation of the campus|
ATHENS, Greece - Many thousands of Greeks took to the streets peacefully on Sunday to commemorate the brutal suppression of a student uprising 46 years ago.
They marched in groups from the grounds of the Athens Polytechnic, which was strewn with red carnations, to the US embassy, chanting anti-American and anti-capitalist slogans.
November 17 commemorates a student occupation of the Athens Polytechnic in 1973, which was brutally crushed by the US-backed military dictatorship then ruling Greece. The students were demanding free student elections to university bodies.