Hundreds of protesters gathered for a defiant demonstration today, just one day following the brutal police attacks on students and arrests numbering almost 50. The protest, called under the slogn ‘cops off campus’, was in defence of the right to protest, and against management attacks on democracy and representation. Despite a large police presence, students were able to evade multiple attempts at ‘kettling’. The focus is now on building for a big show of strength and defiance on Wednesday, 11 December, which is a national day of action.
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- Fight for the right to protest
- NUS call and mobilise a mass national demonstration to defend democratic rights on campus
- Drop all charges against arrested protesters
- Re-instate the five suspended Sussex students
- For the right to demonstrate on and off campus. Stop university management’s disciplining students for protesting
- For a student and trade union led inquiry into police violence at the University of London
- Workers and students unite. For trade union organised stewarding and ‘legal observers’ to help defend demonstrators
- Build a mass, national campaign against cuts, fees and privatisation – we will not be cowed!
The shocking brutality meted out against peaceful protesters at the University of London (UoL) has sent shockwaves through the student movement and has been witnessed by millions via the internet. This was a deliberate and concerted attempt to crush protest through brute force. It is clear that police and university management worked together in order to first remove protesting students from their own campus, and then attack demonstrations taking place outside. Within the closed towers of a marketised, privatised, business-like higher education institution, dissent, debate and protest are dangerous and threatening. As far as UoL’s management are concerned, student representation and democracy are easily disposed of luxuries. This is most clearly demonstrated by their attempt to close down the University of London Union (ULU) – one of the attacks that sparked the protests. » Read more..
Press Release: Students condemn police repression and call for a demonstration to defend democratic rights
Socialist Students, an organisation central to the 2010 student movement against tuition fees, has strongly condemned the recent wave of repression against students protesting during the last week. Students from the group, who have been involved in the occupations and protests that have taken place over the last week, have said that the heavy handed and often violent police response, organised in collusion with university managements, is an ‘affront to democracy’.
Queen Mary University Socialist Students member Kris Statham, arrested yesterday, said:
“Students occupying the University of London’s Senate house experienced brutal and violent treatment at the hands of the police. Many were punched, kicked and pushed in an attempt to protect a university management facing protest in part sparked by attacks on student representation and democracy. I believe that my arrest forms part of a campaign of intimidation and is just one example of a concerted attempt to criminalise protest. Like all others involved in the demonstrations at the University of London, I participated to peacefully oppose the shutting down of my student union, to protest against the privatisation of the student loan book, and to express solidarity with campus workers who had taken strike action earlier in the week. » Read more..
Students across the country in Liverpool, Sheffield, Goldsmiths, Birmingham, Exeter, Sussex, and Coleraine have occupied university buildings over the last few days. Student occupiers have a range of demands; opposing the privatisation of student loans, education cuts, occupying in solidarity with striking workers.
London Students occupied the University of London (UoL) Senate House management offices yesterday. » Read more..
University lecturers organised in UCU, and support staff in Unite and Unison were on their 2nd coordinated strike demanding decent pay. This time there were joined by Further Education (FE) college lecturers in UCU and university lecturers from Scotland in the Scottish teaching trade union EIS (Educational Institute of Scotland). Socialist Students members across the country were on the pickets lines supporting the workers out on strike and encouraging other students not to cross.
The National Union of Students (NUS) were supporting this time round thanks to a motion passed at the NUS national executive (NEC) proposed by Socialist Students member on the NEC, Edmund Schluessell.
Check out strike reports from across the country here!
On the evening of Monday 2nd December, students at the University of Ulster’s Coleraine (UUC) campus began an occupation of the Senior Common Room in opposition to plans to close the space. The Socialist newspaper in Ireland spoke to Chloe Gault, a member of UUC Socialist Society and an organiser of the occupation.