Press release, 3rd May 2009, 14th day of the occupation

We’ve persistently been asked the question: Why don’t you give up, it’s been two weeks already? Or: Shouldn’t you finally agree to negotiate and reduce your demands, since they’re obviously not realistic? Those kinds of questions implicate a certain amount of guilt from our part, irrational stubbornness and a lack of sense for what’s real and possible. All of this smoothly fits the idea of an irresponsible and inapt student which certain media and some politicians still fevereshly sell trying to belittle and devalue the action of defending an important right.

Some say that persistent disregard of our demands by the regime is the proof that demanding free education for all is unrealistic, but that in fact just proves the criteria that what is real is equal to the self-will of the ruling bureaucrats.

Therefore, when those who rule stop serving the public interest, that is not interpreted as the reason to question their mandate, on the contrary – the public interest gets to be set aside as unrealistic, and insisting in its defence gets to be called irrational. We repeat for the umpteenth time that we do not accept this kind of logic: it is undemocratic and cowardly to the core. If persisting in defending this right criminalizes us in the eyes of certain media and some politicians, then this should first of all be the reason to thoroughly question the mere criteria that make this possible. So how is it possible that in a supposedly democratic society the logic by which the ruling bureaucrats are always righ is presented as legitimate, while the one who raises up to defend the fundamental rights and the principles of social equality is automatically guilty?

The students are asked to give up the demands to attain the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights, and consent to anything. The reason for this is that the ruling bureaucratic and political elites obviously do not intend to draw back in its arrogant unconcern in the interests of the majority. That means asking us to deny the idea of democracy alone in the name of cunning humility in the face of safe-will of the ones who are more powerful, as well as denying the minimum of political dignity without which the democracy cannot exist.

We are greeting all students, professors, workers and other citizens who support us in our defence of rights and social equality. We invite all who are interested to join us – the Faculty is open to everyone.


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