Police operation evacuates Athens Polytechnic ahead of annual commemoration; Covid-19 lockdown cited

Friday, 13 November 2020 21:14
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A police operation within the Athens Polytechnic early Friday afternoon resulted in the arrest of 24 people, part of a larger group of would-be demonstrators that entered the central Athens campus ahead of the annual commemoration of a 1973 students' uprising against a junta then ruling Greece.

The evacuation of the mostly youthful protesters, however, and on a university campus, no less, is due to an ongoing coronavirus-related lockdown in the country, which includes a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew for practically all outdoor movement.  

A similar operation took place at the main university campus in the Zografou district.

The development was noteworthy because Greek law enforcement has rarely intervened on university campuses, mainly due to a once strict "university asylum" status granted to such grounds.

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