Sofia Technical University Students Join Anti-Govt Blockade
Students at Bulgaria’s Sofia-based Technical University have joined the nationwide university occupation movement demanding the government’s resignation.
Students occupied one of the Technical University’s lecture halls Monday afternoon, according to news website Offnews.
In a declaration, they expressed their support for their colleagues at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski,” demanding the dissolution of Parliament and new elections.
Bulgaria’s capital Sofia is still witnessing an occupation of university buildings that has injected new life into a persistent anti-government movement, which entered its 144th day on Monday.
Students are staging partial or full blockades at a number of universities in Sofia and across the country.
The initiative was launched by the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", which has had its central building blocked since two weeks ago.
The latest series of anti-graft 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 protests in EU's poorest member state. The appointment was canceled, but protesters proceeded to demand the government's resignation.
On Monday, a poll revealed that the college students' protests are supported by 60% of Bulgarians.
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