Two Universities in Croatia Occupied

May 1, 2009

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On Monday, April 20th, students occupied the faculty of philosophy in Zagreb, Croatia, demanding free education. The day after that, the the Univetsity of Zadar, Croatia, was also occupied. What do they want: 1) the abolition of tuition 2) a freeze on all firing of professors without student input 3) liberation of student organizations from university approval and red tape. They are calling for a general strike and are refusing to negotiate. If the administration doesn’t do what they want, they’ll stay forever.

To contact them, email Slobodnifilozofski



At a moment when the right to education for all is being tacitly eliminated under the bureaucratic code of “participation”, by an administrative decree and without prior public discussion, despite the fact that the right to education is recognized as the universal and binding goal of civilization even in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations, we feel that we must stand up in defence of that right not just in our own name, but in the name of society in general. We believe that the right to education is constitutional to any democracy which is more than a name.

The only public space immediately available to us is the space of the public institution where we are educated. Transforming it into space for the articulation of demands in defence of democratic public interests, we assume our part of responsibility in defending universal social interests from socially destructive processes of commercialization and social polarization according to income.

We demand the elimination of all types of fees that have been introduced in higher education at all levels: undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate. The taxes we pay must provide a sufficient guarantee for
basic rights and acquired institutions of social justice and equality. Anyone who claims that this is not possible within the existing fiscal framework is only confirming the acute reality of the need that the policy which has set up that framework be fundamentally redesigned.

We will not agree to the auctioning of rights – equality is not for sale!


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