Sporadic protests occurred across Tunisia, centered around Sbeitla, Sidi Bouzid, and Tunis. Demonstrators in a town near Sidi Bouzid placed barricades and protested to demand a betterment of living conditions, clashing with police. In Sbeitla, near the city of Kasserine, youth clashed with police who deployed tear gas in the streets, dispersing the crowd. Family members of arrested protesters & activists demonstrated in Tunis, condemning the degeneration of the Arab Spring revolution and calling for the downfall of the regime.
Greek students’ and teachers’ unions blockaded the entrance of the Athens Polytechnic University, demanding the end of the plan to reintroduce police to university campuses. Blockades are expected to continue into the following days, with neither the Students’ Associations of the Athens Polytechnic or the NTUA Employees’ Union appearing to be willing to let up.
Hundreds of students gathered at the Propylaea in Athens to demand the repeal of a law recently passed by the Ministry of Education which reintroduced police to universities for the first time since 1975, after which dozens were arrested at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki during a student occupation of the rector’s office.
McDonalds workers in Chicago went on strike to demand a $15 minimum wage, an increase in PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), and a union for all. McDonalds and its franchises have been widely criticized for their union-busting practices, which sometimes are harsher than many other multinational corporations.