The Union of UEA Students (UUEAS) has made the decision to show solidarity with the anti-fascist movement in Greece. The motion was passed 50 votes to four in favour, with 10 abstentions.

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It was proposed by student Ioannis Toutountzis, who stated: “Speaking from first-hand experience, the situation in Greece due to the economic crisis which has given rise to fascist groups such as Golden Dawn is quite alarming.”

Toutountzis continued: “I believe that the student body has a duty to speak out against these unjust acts of violence and hate speech, and to recognise the efforts of movements that courageously oppose them.”

The Union has resolved to mark their support by recognising the efforts of the Greek movement, condemning the right-wing extremist group Golden Dawn, and writing an open letter to KEERFA, the United Movement Against Racism and the Fascist Threat.