Croats fight Rightist government

This video says about itself:

We are the students of the University of Zagreb (Croatia). We are involved in a fight against the neoliberal policy of our government which includes the introduction and constant rising of college fees. Not so long ago, university education was free in Croatia. Now more than 50% of the students are paying their own tuitions. In May 2008, we took the streets and had our say about it. Come 5th of November [then, in 2008], we will do that again, united with the students of the world.

The fight has just begun!

In Croatia, recently, this week, resistance against the government has grown. The government party in Croatia is the Rightist nationalist HDZ, founded by Franjo Tudjman.

About the students’ movement in Croatia for free education, see here. And here. And here.

Croatian trade unions oppose government economic policies: here.

Croatian trade union May Day action plans: here.

Call for May Day demonstration in Zagreb, Croatia: here.

3 thoughts on “Croats fight Rightist government

  1. Croatian students occupy

    A wave of student occupations over tuition fees has swept Croatia in the last two weeks. The movement started when 300 students seized the philosophy faculty of the University of Zagreb.

    Their demand for a free education electrified students across the country. Mass assemblies sprung up in institutions of higher education in another seven cities. Eighteen colleges are now under student control.

    The centre of the protest is still the philosophy faculty in Zagreb where thousands of students and non-students alike participate in the running of an alternative curriculum comprising lectures, film showings, workshops and events.

    Each evening, students fill the main lecture hall of the faculty, which seats 1,000 people, to attend the daily “plenary” session. This is the decision-making body of the protest.

    For a week now, plenaries have heard from the leading figures of the trade union movement. Students also have widespread support from the university staff.

    So confident are they of their strength that they predict they will be able to hold out at least until this Tuesday when a mass march organised by the trade union movement will hit the streets of Zagreb in defence of jobs and conditions.

    They hope for a synthesis and escalation of both movements. With this in mind, student activists are looking for ways to reach a wider audience in the face of a hostile media campaign by the establishment.

    They are sending out teams to organise mass assemblies in other faculties, maintaining multimedia blogs, and distributing leaflets inviting members of the public to attend their events.

    Tens of thousands have signed petitions in their support.

    The students say they will not negotiate with the ministry and that the only outcome they will accept is the complete fulfilment of all their demands.

    Vlad Unkovski-Korica, by email


  2. Farmers vow to continue protests

    Croatia: Hundreds of farmers have driven their tractors through the capital city Zagreb, demanding regular subsidies, higher prices for their products and limits on food imports.

    Farmers parked about 200 tractors on the main streets of Zagreb where the Agriculture Ministry is located, hampering traffic and demanding to meet the agriculture minister.


  3. Police arrests at heritage protest

    Croatia: Police have detained 23 activists who took direct action against a construction project to turn an old street in the historic city centre into a posh housing and shopping area.

    Police spokeswoman Aleksandra Ljuba said that the protesters were detained because they resisted police action to remove huge containers they placed illegally on the street.

    The Right to a City and Green Action groups, which argue that the project would ruin Zagreb, organised a protest rally on Wednesday that was joined by over 1,000 residents.


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