Kosovo’s top public university official has resigned from his post following days of clashes between police and protesters who accused him and other staff of faking their teaching credentials. Ibrahim Gashi made the announcement Saturday on Kosovo’s public broadcaster, RTK. He blamed the events on Kosovo’s political opposition parties. Gashi’s appointment was backed by the ruling coalition, lead by PM Hashim Thaçi, which is also suspected for war crimes commitment against humanity.
However, the upcoming protest of the university students in Pristina, Kosovo, is planned for Monday. During the protest on Friday local police arrested 33 demonstrators, as reportedly 29 police officers were injured.
A group of students from Pristina University declared that the demonstrations would continue on Monday, demanding immediate initiation of investigations about abuses in Public University (PU), verification of all academic titles, removal of the government influence at the university, the dissolution of the managerial council of PU which is the government’s control mechanism at the University and the improvement of living and studying conditions for students as well as at the dormitory centers in Kosovo’s capital city as well as across the country.
Police in riot gear clashes with protesters in the yard of Gashi’s offices in the capital Pristina. Dozens of police and protesters were injured. More demonstrations are expected next week as protest organizers demand all teaching staff credentials are scrutinized by an independent body.