Police in Athens brutally assaulted over 100 protesters demonstrating in solidarity with Dimitris Koufontinas, an imprisoned former member of the 17 November left-wing urban guerilla who entered a hunger strike on the 8th of January to demand his return to the Korydallos prison, where he will once again be able to see family and friends. Tear gas, flashbang grenades, and even the rare water cannons were deployed to contain a small crowd of people.
Thousands of students from the Bosphorus University in Istanbul gathered at the South Campus to protest against the installation of a new university rector by the Islamist AKP ruling party. Police responded by firing into the peaceful crowd with rubber bullets and tear gas, arresting several demonstrators.
Thousands of protesters in Athens returned to the streets for a third consecutive mobilization in solidarity with the Koufontinas hunger strike, lighting flares and marching to Omonia once again singing anarchist chants and other slogans in solidarity with the hunger striker and former member of 17 November.