Tuesday, May 04, 2010

[olympiaworkers] Teachers clash with police in Greek State TV Headquarters

Libcom.org May 3 2010

Clashes erupted between teachers and riot police inside the Headquarters
of the Greek State TV after the former entered the building trying to
interrupt the speech of the Minister of Education

On Monday 4 May evening teachers invaded the Greek State TV (ERT)
Headquarters in order to interrupt the interview of the Minister of
Education Mrs Diamadopoulou concerning the new educational reform which is
expected to lead to a radical devaluation of the greek educational system.
Ms Diamandopoulou was rescued by a back door of the building, while ERT
interrupted its main news broadcast refusing to let the teachers present
their demands live. At the same time, strong police forces surrounded the
building which they entered attacking the teachers. During the clashes
within the building many people were reported as wounded. Soon hundreds of
protesters gathered in solidarity outside the ERT Mansion forcing the riot
police to allow the exit of the teachers. After their exit representatives
of the teachers have gone public calling the PASOK government a "quisling
government" comparing it to the Tsolakoglou Nazi-collaborator government
of the 1940s. The teachers and solidarity protesters formed a demo and
marched down Mesogeion Avenue.

The teachers have declared a 48h strike for the 4th and 5th of May in
opposition to the educational reform which is believed will lead to a
sharp devaluation of the educational system.

videos of the ERT incident can be seen at

May 4 2010 15:44

Update: new clashes erupted today during the march of the teachers. The
march numbering around 10,000 teachers clashed with riot police outside
the Greek Parliament after the teachers attacked police lines with sticks
and projectiles.

Meanwhile, PAME activists dropped huge banners calling for the people of
Europe to revolt from the Acropolis, while a series of occupations have
taken place during the day in the country: Aspis Bank was occupied in
Marousi, most of schools of the Upper Polytechneio in Athens were occupied
by students, while grassroots unions have blockaded the High Courts of the
city of Pyrgos.

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