Several thousand student members of Greek opposition parties held mass rallies in the capital, Athens, and in the northern university town of Salonika on Wednesday (22 January).
GV Demonstrators with banners and placards outside university building in Athens
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CU Student broadcasting over radio in Salonika
CU AND GV Students handing out posters and leaflets in school corridor
GV Students listen to speaker at meeting (2 shots)
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Background: Several thousand student members of Greek opposition parties held mass rallies in the capital, Athens, and in the northern university town of Salonika on Wednesday (22 January).
The demonstrators -- including members of the Centre-Union New Forces party, the Panhellenic Socialist party and the Greek Communist Youth Movement -- were protesting against a new constitution proposed by the Greek Government. They also demanded severe punishment for those responsible for the seven years of military dictatorship which ended last July.
The students have demanded that the committee now discussing the constitution should incorporate radical changes to make the charter more liberal and modern.
The demonstrators also expressed solidarity with the Greek-Cypriot students who have been demonstrating since last weekend outside the British Embassy in Athens. The Greek-Cypriot protests were sparked off by Britain's recent decision to allow thousands of Turkish-Cypriot refugees in the British base at Akrotiri in the south of Cyprus to be flown to Turkey.
The Salonika protesters have been occupying parts of the university since 8 January. The countrywide protest also includes a demand that the Government clear what the students describe as pro-junta elements from the Greek educational system.