UK Students Planning Nationwide Protests For Nov. 24
After tens of thousands of students protested Wednesday in London against university fee hikes, students across England are now planning a national day of protest for Nov. 24.
Walkouts, sit-ins and occupations are among the actions being planned for the day.
From The Economist:
- In the strongest protest yet against the government’s budgetary measures, demonstrators clashed with police in London on November 10th. What started as a peaceful march by 30,000-50,000 students and lecturers against plans to raise university fees turned ugly. Encouraged by “rogue protestors”, students invaded Millbank Tower, where the Conservatives have their HQ. Windows were smashed, fires lit, fire extinguishers flung from the roof and police pelted with sticks. Fourteen people were taken to hospital and at least 50 arrested. “It’s beginning to look a lot like Paris,” said one lecturer, who dropped out for a restoring drink.
After Wednesday's occupation, student leaders put together a statement that calls for unity.
From the statement:
"Wednesday’s national NUS/UCU 50,000 strong national demonstration was a magnificent show of strength against the Con Dems’ savage attacks on education. The Tories want to make swingeing cuts, introduce £9,000 tuition fees and cut EMA. These attacks will close the doors to higher education and further education for a generation of young people.
During the demonstration over 5,000 students showed their determination to defend the future of education by occupying the Tory party HQ and its courtyards for several hours. The mood was good-spirited, with chants, singing and flares.
Yet at least 32 people have now been arrested, and the police and media appear to be launching a witch-hunt condemning peaceful protesters as “criminals” and violent.
We celebrate the fact that thousands of students were willing to send a message to the Tories that we will fight to win. Occupations are a long established tradition in the student movement that should be defended. It is this kind of action in France and Greece that has been an inspiration to many workers and students in Britain faced with such a huge assault on jobs, benefits, housing and the public sector.
We stand with the protesters, and anyone who is victimised as a result of the protest."