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Five Serbian universities publicly express support for anti-government protests

According to non-governmental organization Pescanik and other online outlets, professors and associates of five universities in Serbia have signed and published a statement supporting the on-going anti-government protests in Serbia.

In the statement, faculty members and signatories of the University of Belgrade, University of the Arts in Belgrade, University of Novi Sad, University of Nis, and University of Kragujevac expressed that they are “joining colleagues from the Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Political Sciences, and Law Faculty of the University of Belgrade and supporting the civic protests that are spreading through Serbia.”

The public statement goes on to say:

“In the name of our profession and our moral obligation toward students to foster freedom of thought, free expression, the right to truthful information, a culture of dialogue, to stand for rule of law – all that is assumed under fundamental civilizational values and recognition of differences – we are obligated to raise our voices, in the belief that the citizens of Serbia deserve better than this government is offering.

[…] Our mission is public, we are bound to protecting the public interest, we belong to everyone, we belong to society.”

The signatories concluded their statement by inviting other colleagues to send in their signatures of support via email. The 394 initial signatories of the public statement of support included retired and current members of faculty of the five universities.

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