Students march on offices of Czech government

29-02-2012

Around 7,000 student protesters marched in the centre of Prague this morning, according to police estimates, though student leaders put the figure at 10,000. The marches are part of an ongoing “week of protests” organised by students against proposed government education reforms. Prague students were joined by their compatriots from across the country, reports ČTK, and marched from Rudolfinum to the offices of the Czech government in the centre of the city. Tuesday saw around 6000 students demonstrating in the city of Brno, while protests are also expected Wednesday in Hradec Králové, České Budějovice, Ostrava and Plzeň. Specifically, the students are seeking that Czech Education Minister Josef Dobeš reject current reform proposals, which students believe both reduce the autonomy of education institutions and shift the burden of funding higher education to students.