Authorities Must Take Action - Occupied Sofia University President

Society | January 27, 2014, Monday // 10:05
Bulgaria: Authorities Must Take Action - Occupied Sofia University President Photo by BGNES.

Authorities must take all necessary measures, according to the president of the re-occupied Sofia University, prof. Ivan Ilchev.

Ilchev was authorized to take legal action to dissolve the ongoing occupation of the university's main building, Sunday. He has referred the case to the prosecution, due to the illegal occupation of public state property.

"All of us are supposed to go to work at 9 am, today is not a public holiday," prof. Ilchev told Bulgarian private BTV station on Monday morning.

"Negotiations with occupiers have stalled. Only one of their three leaders is a student of Sofia University. We do not have anything else to say to them. They have ousted the university security, and they refuse to meet with rector Milena Stefanova," prof. Ilchev explained.

Prof. Ilchev said that the occupation interferes not only with the planned exams, but also with various administrative payments.

Meanwhile, some 30 occupiers remained in the Rectorate on Sunday night, Bulgarian Nova Tv reported. Among them were people who actively participated in the protests, but have no student rights.

Saturday citizens launched a second occupation of the Sofia University main building after an October-November occupation staged by students.

Both protest actions called for resignation of Bulgarian PM Plamen Oresharski, dissolution of Parliament and new elections, as well as for morality in Bulgarian politics.

Sunday the Sofia University student union also came out with a position denouncing the occupation, said it is not representative of the views of the school's students.

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