Greek students arrested after clashing with police

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Greek police arrested four people on Thursday following clashes between students and security forces during a demonstration against university reforms in the debt-stricken nation.

Around 1,000 students gathered at Athens University and marched towards parliament, according to AFP photographers.

Riot police prevented the crowd from approaching the British embassy, around 300 metres (yards) from parliament, and used tear gas and truncheons to restrain them.

Students said they wanted to demonstrate outside the British embassy to show solidarity with British students, who have staged a series of unruly protests against higher fees in recent weeks.

The government reforms, which are due to go before parliament early next year, aim to improve the employability of graduates amid rising unemployment. Students say the reforms will mean fewer university places.

No Greek university was listed in the world's top 200, according to the respected Times Higher Education rankings.

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