Sofia University Cancels Classes Over Student Occupation
Classes at Sofia University will not be held Monday, and an emergency general assembly will be called, announced university president Prof. Ivan Ilchev.
Saturday Ilchev called an emergency sitting of the rector's council over a "permanent occupation" of the university's central building in downtown Sofia.
The occupation is staged by some students protesting what they see as unprincipled and hypocritical politics in Bulgaria.
They have called for the resignation of Bulgarian PM Plamen Oresharski and dissolution of the current parliament.
In an official statement released by the University, the rector states he fully respects the rights of students to express opinions and protest.
"We are convinced that young people have the right to express their public position, even at the cost of civil disobedience," said the institution.
"At the same tame, the occupation form of protesting is an extreme measure that hinders the fulfilment of the essential function of the University and breaches the rights of students who do not want the education process to be interrupted," adds the statement.
An emergency general assembly (Academic Council) has been called for Monday afternoon to decide how to deal with the situation.
Classes have been cancelled for the entire university - Bulgaria's oldest and most prestigious - for Monday.
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What Bulgaria needs ia Rich forigner to take charge . For these reasons ,
1. If they are forigian they will have no past with corrupt politicians .
2. If they are rich they will be harder to bribe or corrupt .
But I guess most Bulgarians would rather choke on a Banista and wallow in there corruption and backshish than vote for a non Bulgarian .
Protest all you want and vote all you want it is the Goverment that always win in the elections .
Bulgaria for Bulgarians I say and they can keep it !
These so called students are nothing more than provocateurs funded by president Plevneliev and aimed at diverting attention from the presidents villa in Greece (paid for with stolen cash as proven by independent journalist Barekov), whilst deliberately ignoring the many successes of our expert government led by PM Oresharsky. I hope the interior ministry will arrest all of these students and our court system will dispense some much needed justice.
"Is that what students bewildered by the situation and its contradictions here actually want?"
No, Mr Optimistic-Vulcho, it's not what these poor "stupid and bewildered" students or indeed most of the rest of us want. The whole point is, as you well know but choose to ignore in your deliberate Red Trash blindness, that what people here DON'T want is this bunch of opportunists and gangsters getting their thieving hands anywhere near state funds/opportunities for corruption/the levers of power. And we certainly don't want them to have any influence on the image of this country on the international stage or in our individual lives and freedoms.
GERB is by no means perfect but, like Democracy, it was, and right now still is, the least bad option. Borisov may be the epitomé of the Peter Principle (people rise to their level of incompetence) but he is a strong man who has come to discover his hidden weakness; he may be proved in the future to have acted unwisely or even been corrupt but that was not his intention. For the time being, people are outraged that their country has been hijacked once again by the people who should be in prison not parliament; the outrageous and flagrant behaviour of these criminals is an insult to all intelligent people. The students, just like the rest of us, are NOT bewildered, they are incredulous that this can not only happen but can be allowed to continue - and that the pathetic "European Socialists" don't have the cojones to completely reject any "fraternal" connections with these intellectual and moral Neanderthals.
As for your Roma/Turkish aspersion, only a twisted Red Trash mind would even pretend that opposition to criminals running this country is an expression of racism - why don't you just crawl back under your rock and wait until the vermin-controllers get round to you and your sick ideas?
but the issue is there is no "centre-left" parties. There is the opposition "centre-right", whilst those being protested against are just a bunch of self-serving thieves and stooges for the mafia and oligarchs. is this not something that SHOULD be protested against, or do you feel corruption and systematic illegality is better than centre-right politics?
The extended largely center-right protests in the streets here against the government since June have included almost no Roma. The poorest of the poor in the 'poorhouse of Europe' not protesting? Observers abroad perhaps do not understand how much the current protests in Bulgaria are consistently engineered and inspired by the center-right, trying to topple the government coalition led by the socialist party.
The latest chapter in this sad saga is the new 'Occupation' by students at Sofia University. Nearly everywhere else in the world, student protests have clear-cut 'left' progressive demands, protesting their own situation, the unemployment they face, the austerity measures of the government (as in Spain, Germany, Greece, Brazil, Turkey, the U.S.), the problems of the poor -- but not here. The subtext of this окупация is: return the center-right to power.
Unfortunately, there is also another more subtle subtext, covertly racist, whether some of the students realize this or not: we don't want this ethnic Turkish party (Party for Rights and Freedoms, DPS) exercising central power in a coalition. The overhyped focus on Delyan Peevski is also tacitly not about him but about the party he represents, which originally nominated him for DANS.
It is understandable that some Sofia University teaching staff choose to back the rather naive students joining the litany of оставка and all its associated drum-banging, whistle-blowing antics on the Sofia streets. But where in Bulgaria is the CRITICAL INTELLIGENTSIA speaking out against these engineered attempts to topple the BSP-DPS coalition and restore a center-right bloc to power? A center-right and its corporate backers wedded to the neoliberal and EU-oriented policies that have in significant part led to the current economic malaise and mass exodus in Bulgaria (and engendered austerity measures across the EU and beyond). If not at Sofia U and NBU, where are these critical academic voices?
Any snap poll will, as the center-right hopes and schemes for, likely lead to a GERB-Reform Bloc coalition. Back to square 1. Is that what students bewildered by the situation and its contradictions here actually want?