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Rector Ivanka Popovic

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School, photo: Pescanik

The rector said that the truth about Sinisa Mali’s doctorate should be determined as soon as possible. With this statement, she became the hero of the day. She also said what everybody already knows – that about ten days ago, a group of the ruling party’s activists came to the Rectorate to defend it against the protesting students, because these students are protesting to have the truth about Sinisa Mali’s doctorate determined as soon as possible.

Although a hero, the rector didn’t impress everyone in the same manner. For the regime, she became a villain, almost a personification of evil itself. For the other, anti-regime side, the rector suddenly became an uncompromising fighter for freedom and honor. I’ll say it again: all the rector said was that the truth should be determined, and mentioned a fact which is known to everyone.

This is all it takes to make one a hero in Serbia – whether positive or negative.

In an overly-dramatic fashion, Brnabic said that the rector has crossed “the red line”. According to Brnabic, by telling the truth, the rector has chosen a political side. This means that political sides in Serbia come down to the........

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