At the beginning of this month, Greek teachers and other activists joined together to demand an end to the abuses of human rights in their country. They pointed out that people's basic rights were being taken away at the behest of the unelected Troika, which dictates economic policy to the Greek government. Not only are people's rights to education, health, nourishment and safety being compromised, but in fighting for those rights, people were coming increasingly under the cosh of the security services. As their letter put it: "Protestors are faced with the excessive and life-threatening violence, detainees are tortured by the same police who stand idle as neo-Nazi groups intimidate, attack and even kill migrants."

Now there are reports that police are making regular visits to schools, where they question teachers and school managements about students who have taken part in protests, in particular school occupations. As recently as last October, students occupied over 100 schools in Greece in solidarity with their teachers and also as one protesting student put it: "We have been severely affected by the crisis. Last year many of our friends fainted from malnutrition. We cannot sit in silence."

Students who are identified by headteachers are then summoned to police stations where they are asked questions like: “How do your parents vote? What do they do for a living? What are your teachers’ political beliefs? Which of your teachers were in favor of the school’s occupation? Were you motivated by your teachers or a political party?"

The opposition party Syriza has complained about these tactics, saying that they are turning schools into places of 'manipulation, control and intimidation of headteachers and teachers.' And indeed the targeting of children in this way would seem to signal a new low in the state of democracy in the country, where democracy itself was first attempted.