Media Coverage (Accuracy Debatable)

5 Dec. 2010
From BBC News West Yorkshire:

“Leeds students urge city strike on tuition fees”

Spokesman Ian Pattinson said [Leeds protesters] hope for a “complete educational shutdown”.

Thousands of students have taken part in marches in the city to show their opposition to government plans to increase tuition fees.

The key vote on lifting the cap on tuition fees will be held on Thursday.

The Lib Dems have come under heavy pressure after pledging before the election to vote against any fee rise.

FULL ARTICLE HERE
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3 Dec. 2010
From Yorkshire Evening Post:

Up to 100 students have made the Rupert Beckett lecture theatre in the Michael Sadler building their temporary home since Wednesday, November 24, and it is thought they could attempt to stay beyond the end of term next Friday.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

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“Occupiers call for student strike and complete education shutdown in Leeds”

3 Dec. 2010
From Guardian Leeds:

* Rebel Lib Dem MP tables parliamentary motion and calls on government to ‘drop plans to push through vote’ over tuition fees
* As Leeds occupation reaches its tenth day, protesters call for students across city to walk out of schools and colleges

FULL ARTICLE HERE

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1 Dec. 2010
From Guardian Leeds:

“Second Leeds student protest & march”


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1 Dec. 2010
from Guardian Leeds:

Student occupation of University of Leeds building still going strong – one week on

Leeds students have now spent a full week occupying a building at the University of Leeds in protest at rising tuition fees and education cuts.

About 100 students have been occupying the Michael Sadler building at the university since last Wednesday afternoon’s protest march, which saw thousands of students take to the streets of Leeds.

Ian Pattison, press representative for the occupation, told Guardian Leeds:

“It’s going really well, there’s a really good spirit and atmosphere from the occupiers, we’ve all got our heads down and we’re busy planning our next action. We’re hoping to get out to some local schools and colleges and hope to convince some parents to add their support to the pupils, trades unionists and Leeds residents who’ve already backed us.”

FULL ARTICLE HERE
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30 Nov. 2010
From The Culture Vulture post:

Today twitter enabled me to time travel to be in several places at once. As i sat on my sofa i was also on the march in Leeds with @luluartist & @ebsnare and i was running down the streets of London with @PennyRed and hundreds of students…and when i did get off my arse to go in the freezing cold with @emmabob3 to Bradford to the demo twitter came with me. None of these events today have been covered by our local or national press in anything but a fleeting fashion but on twitter the news, the images, the video spread.

But i am still puzzled by something.. I am surrounded by people who have multiple degrees that they didn’t pay a penny for but they are quiet, they didn’t join the young people on the streets today and very few of them shouted their support on twitter or other social sites.

FULL ARTICLE HERE
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From Yorkshire Evening Post
30 Nov. 2010

Leeds: Students hold second day of fees protest

Hundreds of students will brave the snow to march through the streets of Leeds again to urge the government to re-think its plans to allow huge increases in university fees.

The second national day of action will see college and university students join forces at the Parkinson Steps at Leeds University to march to the Town Hall at lunchtime today.

FULL ARTICLE HERE
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From guardian.co.uk
29 Nov. 2010

“The new age of student protest”

Students have been staging sit-ins at campuses across the UK in protest against education cuts. Patrick Kingsley visited three and discovered a powerful coalition

Longhaired and big-booted, revolutionary socialist Luke stands up in front of a meeting at the Leeds university occupation, and prepares to speak.

“Comrades . . .” Luke begins – and, from the back of this lecture theatre filled with 200 undergraduates, school students, trade unionists and parents, comes an instant, shouted response.

“DON’T CALL ME COMRADE.”

It’s a familiar exchange.

FULL ARTICLE HERE
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29 Nov. 2010
from Socialist Worker online:

Students at the University of Leeds are now into their sixth day of occupation – and support for them is growing.

Over 250 people attended a general assembly held in the occupied Rupert Beckett lecture theatre last Saturday.

These included delegations of school pupils, college students, teachers, lecturers and other trade unionists.

FULL ARTICLE HERE
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28 Nov. 2010
From Workers’ Liberty online:

NUS president makes U-turn to support direct action, and occupations

NUS president Aaron Porter today did a spectacular U-turn apologising for lack of support for students taking part in the national day of action called by National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts on Wednesday. A the “spineless” lack of public support for university occupations around the country.

Porter was speaking the occupation at University College London following criticisms of him from occupiers over Twitter. Porter said: “For too long the NUS has perhaps been too cautious and too spineless about being committed to supporting student activism. Perhaps I spent too long over the last few days doing the same. I just want to apologise for my dithering in the last few days.”

FULL ARTICLE HERE
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28 Nov. 2010
From BBC News UK:

Students at several universities are continuing sit-in protests over plans to raise the cap on tuition fees and cut higher education funding.

Twelve occupations reportedly on-going on Sunday included those at Plymouth, Leeds, Cambridge, Newcastle, Edinburgh and University College London.

Students are angry at government plans to allow institutions to almost treble fees to a maximum £9,000 per year.

FULL ARTICLE HERE
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28 Nov. 2010
From BBC News West Yorkshire:

Leeds students vow to continue fees protest sit-in
Leeds students who are protesting about the rise in tuition fees have said they will continue to occupy a lecture theatre until at least Tuesday.

About 100 students have been taking part in the sit-in at the University of Leeds since Wednesday.

FULL ARTICLE HERE ________________________________________________
28 Nov. 2010

From University of Leeds UCU – Blog

Yesterday afternoon, between 2pm and 6pm, the student occupiers of the Michael Sadler building hosted a well-organised and very well attended symposium, a ‘General Assembly’ which they’d organised, advertised and promoted within 24 hours. Up to 200 people attended the assembly, with age ranges from 13 to 70 (though there was also a one year old baby in attendance) from student, school pupil, parent, teacher, Uni staff and resident demographics.

FULL ARTICLE HERE
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27 Nov. 2010
from Socialist Worker Online:

School, college, and university students are still occupying the Michael Sadler building, Leeds University. This is to protest against crippling tuition fee rises, education cuts, the scrapping of EMA, and the all out assault on the living standards of ordinary people and the welfare state.

FULL ARTICLE HERE
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26 Nov. 2010
from Guardian Leeds:

Three days into the occupation and around 100 students and supporters remain in the Michael Sadler building with further national action planned for next Tuesday.

Locals have continued to take the occupiers food and drink supplies with one local unemployed man dropping in today to donate a loaf of bread and some cheese.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

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26 Nov. 2010
From Socialist Party online:

Over 100 people remain in occupation at Leeds University with hundreds of people visiting the occupation, as well as delegations of school and college students coming to discuss the way forward. Trade unionists have been bringing greetings to the occupation alongside food and drink.

We’ve also had speakers from Hull Against The Cuts, Kirklees SOS and a student who had been in the occupation at Sheffield University.

We’ve received messages from far and wide including from the Belgian sister organisation of Socialist Students.

FULL ARTICLE HERE
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26 Nov. 2010
from Leeds Student Radio

[Scroll down to Week 5]

LSR: Student Protests
LSR: Student Protests: Day of Action

LSR provide coverage from the midst of the student protests that took place in Leeds City Centre and on Leeds University campus.

Published 26/11/2010 Duration 00:34:30

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