Athens Polytechnic Institute was a deserted and blood-stained shambles on Monday (November 19th) - the third day of martial law in Greece.
Athens Polytechnic Institute was a deserted and blood-stained shambles on Monday (November 19th) - the third day of martial law in Greece. It had been the stormy centre of the weekend's clashes between troops and students which left at least nine dead, scores wounded and over nine hundred arrested.
People went to work and shops opened a usual on Monday. But tanks and troops with fixed bayonets patrolled the centre of Athens to prevent the sporadic demonstrations which had broker out on Sunday (November 18). But the evening curfew remains in operation.
Journalists were allowed to inspect the debris-filled polytechnic on Monday, two days after the five thousand students had been driven out. Police say the wreckage was caused by the students, while the students say everything was in order until the police burst in.
President Papadopoulos has blamed the disturbance on anarchist and extremist elements.
SYNOPSIS: Wrecked vehicles littered the entrance to Athens Polytechnic on Monday - the third day of martial law in Greece. The polytechnic had been the scene of bloody clashes between police and students in which at least nine people were killed and scores injured. When journalists were allowed into the polytechnic on Monday, the building was deserted.
The students sit-in had started as a means of demanding more academic freedom, but had finished as a fully-fledged move against the Government.
Outside the wrecked polytechnic, shops opened and people went to work as usual. But troops with fixed bayonets and tanks patrolled the centre of the city, to prevent the sporadic demonstrations which broke out on Sunday. Over nine hundred people were arrested and some young building workers have already been convicted. Many of the arrested have been released.
The students say police and troops used reckless violence, but the authorities say the students smashed up equipment before leaving the university. Martial law will remain in force for at least another month. President Papadopoulos has said the trouble was caused by anarchic and extremist elements, trying to block plans to bring Greece back to democratic rule, with elections next year.