Student Demonstration Takes Place in Greece’s Large Cities Despite Coronavirus Curfew



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Hundreds if not thousands of people gathered in Athens’ Syntagma square on Friday morning to protest against an Educational bill the Greek government is bringing forward.

Similar demonstrations took place in other major cities, including Thessaloniki, Chania and others.

The demonstrations took place despite the coronavirus curfew, in an obviously illegal move; however, no police officers tried to disperse the crowd, to avoid making the situation even worse.

Many of the protesters, who were students, professors and parents, were wearing face masks and gloves — however,  the social-distancing rule of keeping two meters apart was not enforced in Athens.

Images from the Thessaloniki rally showed a more appropriate scene, with demonstrators keeping some distance apart.

The protesters are asking for the government to withdraw the educational bill, which brings forward some old-fashioned measures, such as the re-introduction of character and ethos grading of students and other similar grading systems.

They also are demanding a clear date on when the Panhellenic Examinations will take place as well as state assistance for those students who do not have the means to attend classes via the internet at the present time.