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Students protest on 17th November 2011 in Sofia: “EDUCATION IS NOT A PRIVILEDGE"

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 On 17th of November 2011 in Sofia, Bulgaria next to the Rector’s office of Sofia University student movement “Priziv” organized protest against government law, suggesting abruptly increase of student fees. Nearly 100 students attended the protest to stop the law. The cabinet and parliament aim from 2012 onwards to have it possible 2/3 (66,6%) of the total expenses for high education to be collected from student’s fees. Till summer of 2010 the student’s share from the expenses was maximum 30% and the parliament already changed it last summer’s vacation period to 50% without any discussions.  If the law passes now rectors of state universities will be able in next years to rise fees with 50-200% and bring them to the levels set in private universities.
Main posters of the protest were:
 2/3 HIGHER FEES = 2/3 LESS STUDENTS: DOES HUMAN RIGHT OF EDUCATION BELONGS ONLY TO THE RICH?!
 “EDUCATION IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEDGE”
 “1/3 BEFORE – 2/3 NOW – 3/3 TOMORROW: HOW LONG?
   
  17.11.1939 PRAGUE – 17.11.1973 ATHENS – 17.11.2011 SOFIA AND WORLDWIDE: YOUTH FORWARD!”. 
 Most protesters are first year students and their right on study will be seriously questioned by the government initiative. Decisions for privatization and commercialization of public education actually will throw thousands out of the education system and will stop other thousands to enter unies. Students powerfully chanted the slogan: “We’ll not pay for their crise”, “Stop fees” and “Ministers, PMs  - pay yourself”.
     On the protest everyone was able to speak and express his anger at the situation. Ministers, rectors and academic staff are embroiled in financial and bank interests in which fees rise duly extend student loans market. In response the students chanted: “Uni isn’t market, education is not for sale”.
     The protest in Sofia also passed under the motto “Celebrate the 17th November – International Student’s Solidarity Day by protesting”. Special leaflets were distributed among the people to highlight the importance and the historical background of the Day.
     It was decided to have a student’s meeting later in the evening to choose and vote for further activities.

We’ll not give up!
Fortune favors the brave!