1 More Bulgarian University Joins Anti-Govt Blockade
Students from the Sofia-based University of National and World Economy have joined the nationwide anti-government occupy protest movement.
“We hereby declare our full, firm and unshakable support for the occupation of the Sofia University rectorate, as well as the actions of the students from the New Bulgarian University, the Veliko Tarnovo University, the National Academy of Art, the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, the Medical University, the Technical University and the other universities,” UNWE students said in a declaration on Tuesday.
“We join the demands for the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski,” they said.
The students thus expressed their support for their colleagues who have blocked access to Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" since last week, demanding the dissolution of Parliament and calling for new elections and criticizing what they call "widespread criminal lawlessness in the highest levels of government".
On Monday, several other universities in Sofia, and across the country, initiated their own occupations in support of the movement.
The protests were triggered by the Constitutional Court’s controversial decision to confirm the status of notorious media mogul Delyan Peevski as Member of Parliament earlier in October.
On June 14, Peevski was elected and swore in as chair of Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security, a move that prompted massive anti-corruption protests in EU’s poorest member state.
The appointment was canceled, but protesters proceeded to demand the government’s resignation over its suspected ties with oligarchs. The demonstrations were later fueled by a number of other controversial appointments and by wider concerns about corruption.
Plamen Oresharski, who took over as Prime Minister at the end of May, is a former Vice President of the University of National and World Economy.
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Tania, no I dont work for the kremlin. But I do totally agree with Seedy when he argues that the students who are illegally occupying state property as well as disrupting the education of other students should all be arrested and made an example of by the courts. Maybe then other protestors around the country would think twice about taking to the streets and creating mayhem.
Seedy we are not living in a totalitarian country since GERB lost power, therefore your demands to jail both student protestors and our democratically elected government of experts is a silly idea. I call on you to forget your political differences and get behind this government who are doing a very good job under very difficult circumstances. Their job is not made any easier as you rightly point out by these criminal students illegally occupying state property, and I fully support your wish to immediately jail the protestors which would set an example to anyone else in the country who thinks protesting against the government is a way to bring about change.
Agent Piccadilly, who do you work for - The Kremlin?
Do you really think that protesting students must "cease their actions and show their support for the government, or if they refuse then let Bulgarian justice take its course"? How? By way of guns pointing at their heads? Or lock them up and throw away the key? "Bulgarian justice" is an oxymoron. Justice in Bulgaria does not exist for normal people or under normal circumstances.
Seedy has no such demand. His view is that those who wish to study should be allowed the freedom to do so; however, I would be happy to see this illegitimate gang of thieves, charlatans and opportunists masquerading as our "government" put behind bars for a VERY long time.....
Just who do these protesting studens think they are, disrupting the learning of others? I am fully aligned with Seedy's demands for the protestors to immediately cease their actions and express their support for the government, or if they refuse then let Bulgarian justice take its course.