Students call-off the Monday protests due to Public University Resignations

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....

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…., read more…

However, the upcoming protest of the university students in Pristina which was planned for Monday, the organizers already announced its cancellation.

‹‹We will continue soon. We fear that due to the resignation of a part of the managing staff of Public University, the people of Kosovo can feel no need to join the protest so we decided to postpone it for the upcoming weeks›› Fitim Salihu the representative of the Student’s Political Club of Pristina University told THE Frontliner.

Five policemen and about a dozen students were injured in clashes on Thursday, when anti-riot police used pepper spray and batons to disperse protestors who had been peacefully blocking the rectorate of Pristina University for seven days, calling on rector Ibrahim Gashi to resign. (©Fitim Selimi)

Five policemen and about a dozen students were injured in clashes on Thursday, when anti-riot police used pepper spray and batons to disperse protestors who had been peacefully blocking the rectorate of Pristina University for seven days, calling on rector Ibrahim Gashi to resign. (©Fitim Selimi)

During the protest on Friday local police arrested 33 demonstrators, as reportedly 29 police officers were injured. Basic Court in Pristina has not approved the request of the Prosecution Office on detention or house arrest to measure against Ilir Deda the director of a Think Tank Institute KIPRED, and Pristina municipal MP from ‘Vetevendosje’ capital ruling party Ylli Hoxha and 24 other students who were protesting. Later on Sunday they were all released.

For over a week demonstrators, mostly students, said university president Gashi and dozens of staff published research in dubious journals abroad.

Police in riot gear clashed with protesters outside 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.

Vedat Xhymshiti; is an independent journalist and war correspondent. He has reported on a number of Middle Eastern conflicts from the Arab Spring in 2010 to the current Syrian civil war. He has been published in various media including Der Spiegel, NY Times, TIME, Paris Match, Le Monde ect. He is specialized in International Relations and Diplomacy. Xhymshiti is also a print media critic, a columnist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, and founder of THEFrontliner.net

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