Student Movement Starts Petition for Lifting Sofia University Blockade
Student movement "Priziv" (Appeal) has started collecting signatures under a petition opposing the occupation of the central building of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski."
Signatures will be collected at 11 am to 5 pm in front of the Sofia University's Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication.
"Priziv" calls for upholding the principle of academic autonomy and insists that the blockade at the central building of SU staged by students be lifted.
"We support the principle of academic autonomy and we do not back the occupation of the central building of SU. It was launched without prior coordination with the opinion of students and lecturers. This is why we believe that the occupation crassly violates the rights of the academic community" the statement of Priziv says.
Asked why they were not collecting signatures in front of the central building of SU, representatives of the movement said that they did not want to engage in conflict with the occupiers.
"We are not taking a political stance and we never will. Priziv is a student movement which is fighting for more student rights and for fair student rights. We want the central building of SU unblocked and used as intended," a representative of Priziv told offnews.bg.
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 145th day on Tuesday.
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.
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