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Macedonian Students Campaign Against Unlivable Conditions in Dormitories

Written by Filip Stojanovski On 11 March 2014 @ 17:34 pm | 3 Comments

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Macedonian students demanding better life conditions in public university dormitories published a blog entitled “Operacija studentski” [1] [mk] (“Operation Dorm”) displaying photos of everyday life in the facilities and urging students to contribute. Many of the photos show highly inadequate living conditions in the student dormitories.

The blog and photos have gained much visibility on social networks, as many social media users react to the inactivity of the official student organizations sanctioned by the state. Prompted by “Operation Dorm”, many other students have also taken to social networks to post photos of the horrible living conditions in some of the state university dormitories. Since these dormitories are the only ones in the country, the competition to gain beds in them is fierce and mired with suspicions of corruption.

Dormitory reception with signs "There's no hot water, we are fixing the problem" and "Go to your boyfriends' places to take a bath." [1]

Dormitory reception with signs “There's no hot water, we are fixing the problem” and “Go to your boyfriends’ places to take a bath.” Photo by Operacija studentski.

The following video from A1on article [2] [mk] about the dorms also displays the situation.

Sharing on social networks increased after posting of an imgur English-language photo gallery [3]. This also spawned parodies, such as “an image of Alexander the Great appeared in the mold” [4] [mk] (referring to recent development [5] promoted by politicians), “Hollywood will rent the site to film horror movies” [6] [mk], a comparison [7] with Norwegian prison, and articles [8] in foreign media [hr].


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[1] “Operacija studentski”: http://ostudentski.wordpress.com/%D0%B3%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%98%D0%B0/

[2] A1on article: http://a1on.mk/wordpress/archives/109051

[3] imgur English-language photo gallery: http://imgur.com/gallery/VKnTn

[4] “an image of Alexander the Great appeared in the mold”: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=796231687071094&set=a.100922976601972.1846.100000528095263&type=1

[5] development: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/science-cautious-about-macedonian-miracle

[6] “Hollywood will rent the site to film horror movies”: http://brejking.net/holivud-polude-po-studentskiot-dom-gotse-delchev/

[7] comparison: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152333696807238&set=a.425355902237.213980.790702237&type=1

[8] articles: http://danas.net.hr/svijet/foto-strahota-sto-se-krije-iza-najodvratnijeg-studentskog-doma-na-balkanu

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