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Greek movement increases pressure on right

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2037

The resistance to the Greek Tory government’s plans for the privatisation of higher education has forced the Pasok opposition party to withdraw its support for the proposals. Pasok is a New Labour-type party.

Students have been occupying their colleges and universities for over four weeks. Over 300 are in occupation and the movement is strengthening.

The lecturers’ union began an all-out strike on Monday of this week. The teachers’ union has announced two strikes on Thursday of next week and 27 February.

Pasok members launched an initiative which called on Pasok MPs not to support the government’s plan.

The government wants to rewrite the Greek constitution to allow private universities. It also wants a new law which changes the way that state universities operate.

The movement has forced the isolated Tories to put their plans back.

But the movement is stepping up the pressure. Students planned a demonstration for this Thursday against the Tories.

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Sat 10 Feb 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2037
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