Five police injured clearing sit-in at Spanish university

19th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

About 100 people had been occupying a building in the university since November 20 in protest against the Bologna plan, an European Union-inspired series of university reforms which have sparked protests across Europe.

Madrid --Five Spanish police officers were injured Wednesday as they cleared a student sit-in at a Barcelona university against plans to harmonize European degree qualifications, police said.

One of the police officers was seriously injured in the dawn operation at the University of Barcelona in the historic centre of Spain's second-largest city.

About 100 people had been occupying a building in the university since November 20 in protest against the Bologna plan, an European Union-inspired series of university reforms which have sparked protests across Europe.

In 1999 European Union education ministers signed the Bologna Declaration which bills itself as a series of changes to post-secondary education intended to ease mobility for both students and academics.

But students complain the changes will mean they will have to obtain a pricey master's degree to win the same recognised level of educational achievement as previously with just one degree.

They also argue that the reforms will pave the way for the privatization of universities and higher education costs.

AFP/Expatica

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