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Greek Court Acquits Students Over College Clash With Cops

February 25, 2020

ATHENS – Two students accused of tangling with riot police on the grounds of the Athens University of Economics and Business during November, 2019 protests were cleared of the charges by a three-member misdemeanors court.

The judges adopted the prosecutor’s recommendation and ruled unanimously that there was no evidence the two accused had taken part in the battle, said Kathimerini in a report on the aftermath of what had been a violent encounter.

The students at the time were protesting a decision by school officials to close the university for a week in their own protest against criminal elements on the grounds and surrounding areas, pressing police and the government to step in.

Riot police fired gas and firecrackers, while some students threw stones and officers who took part in the operation testified but said they didn’t recognize the students on trial as acting against them while there.

Witnesses for the defense also included the former Dean of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Nikos Markatos, and Member of Parliament Sofia Sakorafa from the tiny, marginal MeRa25 party.

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