The Economics and Business Departments of Athens University, one of Greece’s leading educational institutions, have closed on the orders of the senate after the escalation of clashes between police and illegal street vendors who sell their merchandise outside the university campus. According to the senate, the University, which shut down on Wednesday, will remain closed “until further notice”.
The situation has become aggravated as police try to arrest illegal street vendors, while individuals inside the campus attempt to prevent the officers from doing so by attacking them with missiles when the vendors seek shelter there.
Despite the 2011 lifting of a ban on police being allowed onto university grounds, the authorities still hesitate to enter the campus, due to concerns about the reactions such a move could elicit.
It has been suggested that the individuals inside the campus who are protecting the peddlers are extreme leftists, and not members of the student community.
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