The Greek National Students' Union staged a mass rally at Athens University on Friday (28 March) to protest against government rulings on university examinations.
SV EXTERIOR: Students marching along street chanting and holding banners. (2 shots)
GV AND SV: Students marching along street chanting.
SV: Student chanting through loudhailer
GV: Students gathered outside Athens University
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Background: The Greek National Students' Union staged a mass rally at Athens University on Friday (28 March) to protest against government rulings on university examinations. The demonstrators marched from the University campus to the Greek Parliament.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of students from Athens university and the city's technical colleges attended the rally which was organised by the recently elected central council of the National Students' Union of Greece. Last December (1979) the Greek Government introduced new legislation limiting the right to re-sit university examinations. The law was designed to weed out perpetual students but protesters complained it was topo severe. After a number of University sit-ins and illegal occupations the government ordered the closure of all universities until mid-January. With the election of new union leaders three weeks ago, student opposition to the reforms has once again come to the fore.
The demonstrators also shouted slogans alleging police terrorism. In a similar rally ten days ago police arrested a number of students after clashes with security forces guarding the Parliament buildings.