“University is the Voice of Freedom”: the Biggest Student Protest Takes Place in Skopje (MKD)


Tens of thousands of students rallied in different towns and cities across the Rep. of Macedonia also marking Human Rights Day. In Skopje alone up to 15,000 people took to the streets.

“Thousands of students, university professors and others supporters said “No” on Wednesday to a government plan for state-supervised tests graduates, in what was arguably the biggest student protest to take place in Macedonia in two-and-a-half decades of independence.

Students shouted “University is the voice of freedom!”, “No justice, no peace!”, “Can you hear us now?” and “Autonomy!”, and carried banners reading: “We are students, not clients.”

On the day of the protest, there were reports that some high school students were held locked in their schools in order to stop them joining the protest.

Besides all that, the students, supported with the solidarity of other citizens in Macedonia came in a much bigger number than the first time, to express their discontent for the proposed reform and the unwillingness of the institutions to consider their opinion for improving the higher education.

See video from the streets of Skopje.

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