Thursday, March 08, 2007

Athens, Greece - Thousands of students, anarchists and other demonstrators, opposed to plans to privatize higher education, clashed with police today in Athens. Police reaction was heavy handed and left more then 40 protesters injured. Rioters vandalized businesses, built barricades and fought police with clubs, molotov cocktails and other projectiles. Large violent protests and strikes have have been occurring regularly since last year when the government proposed legislation which would turn Greece's free universities into for-profit institutions.