VIDEO: Student protests turn violent in Athens, police respond with tear gas

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A peaceful protests against government education reforms turned violent when hooded youths attacked police with stones and other objects. Police also discovered a rucksack containing five homemade firebombs.

It is reported that roughly 50 students “attacked” police, who were blocking Queen Sophia (Vasilissis Sophias) Avenue, in hopes of preventing clashes outside the property of Parliament House.

Police officers responded by firing tear gas at students to disperse them.

The students were protesting government education reforms including plans to stop “long-term students” by setting a maximum time period for students to finish their degrees.

The law reforms have also included abolishing the asylum law that had banned police from university campuses.

Students are also calling for the recruitment for more university professors and staff.

Police arrested between one to two people, and detained four over the incidents that occurred in downtown Athens on Monday.

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