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.

Vudi Xhymshiti; is an independent journalist, editor and photographer. He is focusing on the issues of the domestic politics of Kosovo, Foreign Policy of the United States, the Russian Federation, the European Union and the Middle East. Xhymshiti is also focused on the issues of the politics of race, gender, identity, migration as well as displacement of people due to climate change and armed conflicts. He has been published in various media including Der Spiegel, NY Times, TIME, Paris Match, Le Monde etc. Xhymshiti is also a print media critic and founder of THE Frontliner.

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