ATHENS – Greek students demanding those who don’t attend class not be expelled hijacked a University of Athens meeting on Oct. 30 and prevented the school’s rector Theodoros Fortsakis from leaving.
It’s common at Greek universities for students to hold sit-ins and hold officials hostage while presenting their list of demands, mostly that political party affiliates on campuses get their way.
In this case the students reportedly wanted all student union parties attend a meeting Fortakis was holding to discuss his plans to bar anyone except students, faculty and staff from university premises and to carry out Education Ministry orders to expel students who haven’t attend school for years, which is 90 percent of them.
Fortsakis and other senate members reportedly exited the hall after about an hour. He had earlier vowed he wouldn’t let students run the school.