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(en) Poland, rozbrat.org: Students and workers of Adam Mickiewicz University against nationalism and racism! [machine translation]

Date Tue, 4 Apr 2017 11:23:33 +0300

When you think of the university you imagine a place of safe thought exchange that is open to different schools of thought, traditions and cultures. Students and workers of the university create a community united beyond their nationality, the social-economic status or their religion. The university has taken part in international student and scholar exchange programmes for many years, as well as it has facilitated internships, scholarships and conferences organized by various academic institutions in the world. Current Minister of Science and Higher Education Jaroslaw Gowin even spoke of forcing mobility upon dormitories "in the sense of mobility between universities". The university derives many profits (both intellectual and material) from being part of the international academic community.

That is why should the struggle against nationalism should be one of the main goals of the university! And the voice of the university authorities should be exceptionally audible and sharp when it comes to nationalistic or racist attacks!

The growth of nationalism hurts the academic community as a whole. More and more often we hear about religious and nationalistic attacks. Foreign students are scared to leave their dormitories and lecturers have been attacked for using foreign languages in public space. Members of a nationalist organization (Mlodziez Wszechpolska) organized a conference at the university campus, where they threatened both students and the staff. They were referring to the ethos and the academic values, while their organization was responsible for introducing the so-called "bench ghettos" at Polish universities, a phenomenon during the 1930's when members of ethnic minorities, especially Jews, were supposed to sit in isolated places in classrooms. It is them, the members of that nationalist organization, who attack our schoolmates only because they look different. They want to build a society where diversity and freedom of thought is not welcome.

Racism and nationalism is the real threat for the university and its values! We express our opposition to the passivity that the growing wave of nationalistic and racist aggression has been met with! We are against giving voice to the members of nationalist organizations in public space! We are calling everyone to fight with all symptoms of nationalist and religious aggression!

We want to study in safety, we want to develop science, to create in a friendly atmosphere and to live in a city/country free from nationalism!

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