Thursday, 23.4.

The students are continuing to occupy the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, demanding free education for all. On Wednesday (22/04), the Faculty Council decided to support their demands and their occupation, and has cancelled classes for the rest of the week. The Council has joined the students in demanding from the goverment the elimination of all tuition fees. The students continue with their own alternative educational programme, which consists of lectures, public discussions, film screenings and workshops and which are open to everyone, not just the students. Every evening they hold plenary sessions which every one can attend. At those plenary sessions they discuss and vote on what further actions they will take and whether they will continue with the occupation the next day. A number of students sleep at the Faculty every night.

At the same time, students in Zadar are also continuing with the occupation of their University. They too hold lectures, public discussions and film screenings instead of normal classes. Some students spent the night at the university last night. Unlike their colleagues in Zagreb, who got the official support of their professors on the third day of the occupation, professors at the University of Zadar expressed support to their students on the very first day of the occupation which started on Tuesday (21/04/2009) at noon. The University in Zadar is not as fragmented (situated in too many different buildings) as the universities in other cities, which has resulted in the fact that by today the students have managed to occupy the whole of the University. At the plenary session tonight, they’ll decide on furhter actions.

On Wednesday afternoon, students of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka protested, and in the evening held a plenary session at which they decided to occupy their faculty. Today, on Thursday, the three buildings of the Faculty are occupied and instead of normal classes, students have organized alternative lectures, film screenings and workshops. Dean of the Faculty has said that he fully supports the students in their activities, and has offered them the use of all faculty services. Students of the Academy of Fine Arts have also occupied their faculty.

On Thursday afternoon, students at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb held a plenary session and voted to join in the student protests in Croatia by occupying their faculty. They have started the occupation this afternoon, and this evening will hold another plenary session at which they will discuss and vote on what further actions they will take.
The students also took over the Student Radio, located at the premises of the Faculty of Political Sciences, which they will use to promote their demands.

Students at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Osijek also decided today to occupy their faculty. They will hold a plenary session in the evening and decide on precise actions.

In Split, the students are divided: some want to hold a protest, others want to organize the occupation of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. They will probably decide this evening on further action.

Some students of the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, plan to hold a protest march tomorrow afternoon at 5pm, walking from their faculty building to the building of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, where they will attend the plenary session in the evening.


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