Estonians hold 'funeral march' for science over govt funding

phys.org | 11/3/2017 | Staff
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Estonian scientists on Thursday held a funeral march for research after the tech-savvy Baltic state's government reneged on a promise to increase science funding in next year's budget.

Several hundred protesters carried funeral wreaths, flowers and candles to the seat of government in the capital Tallinn and the ministry of education and science in the second city of Tartu.

Science - Research - Something - Future - Statement

"Abandoning Estonian science and research is something that will affect the future of each and every one of us directly," read a statement on the Facebook page for the march, which was created by research scientist Mario Kadastik.

"If Prime Minister Juri Ratas and his cabinet don't honour the pledge, they should resign," said the page for the "funeral march for a research-led Estonia."

Unions - Strikes - Cities - June - Student

Academic unions have announced warning strikes in the two cities for June 5, while student unions urged graduation ceremony attendees to wear black ribbons as a symbol of mourning for Estonian science.

Since last month, Ratas has led a three-party coalition government consisting of his left-leaning Centre Party, the conservative Isamaa and the far-right EKRE.

December - Agreement - Science - Funding - Percent

In December, an agreement to raise science funding from 0.71 percent...
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