Leeds student fees protestors vow to stay: Yorkshire Evening Post

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”: Guardian Leeds Report

“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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“Complete Educational Shutdown”

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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This is what solidarity looks like!

Yesterday, 2,000 people in Greece marched on the British embassy in solidarity with British students.
From The Vast Minority:
“The action, together with the Italian student protests this week, reinforces the fact that education ‘reforms’ and cuts are not isolated national issues with specific local causes, as the corporate media claims.

The whole of European [we would edit – global] society is coming under unprecedented attack from neoliberal forces and students everywhere are finding themselves on the front line.”

More also available here.

Two days ago, through Really Open University we received this solidarity message from Zurich: Dear all!

“We from zurich send you all the best for your occupation, we know how hard it can be: last year we kept occupying the biggest hall of our university during two weeks. It was a great time, we sampled new forms of communication and resistance, so will you!

global resistance against global cuts!
everything for everyone!
from zurich with love and rage!

students from zurich”

On the 19th of November, over 50 people in France also marched on the British embassy there – photos here, article and statement here.

This is a global movement. Thanks to all who have voiced your solidarity! We would like to express our solidarity with the countless people all over the world whose struggles go unheard.

One world, one struggle!
Occupied Leeds

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Cold Air Pumped Into Leeds Students’ Occupation Fails To Intimidate

Today, cold air has been pumped into the occupation in an attempt to drive students out; it has not worked. This comes the morning after the fire alarm in the Michael Sadler building was set off twice in quick succession, in suspicious circumstances; needless to say no fire was found. This morning moves have been made to make the occupiers feel intimidated. Furthermore, it is illegal for support staff to be working in these conditions. Morale is still high in the Rupert Beckett lecture theatre, with occupiers playing summer music to keep warm, and a few extra jumpers on.

Ian Pattison, Press Representative for the occupation, said “In the last few days, the cold weather has dominated the news, but university management has still decided to pursue this intimidating course of action. Occupiers spirits remain higher than ever planning for the huge protests that will take place nationwide next week.”

100 students are occupying the Michael Sadler building, Leeds University, in protest against crippling tuition fee rises, draconian education cuts, the scrapping of EMA, and the all out assault on the living standards of ordinary people and the welfare state. The building was occupied following a hugely successful day of action on Wednesday 24th November. 3,000 Leeds students participated in a series of student walkouts, protests, and marches, with many workers joining in solidarity. Since then we have organised an Education Assembly of over 200, and another strong protest of 500 on Tuesday 30th November. It is a democratic occupation where all decisions are made by working groups and mass meetings. We demand the Vice-Chancellor refuses to implement cuts or tuition fee rises. We also demand that there are no victimisations or repercussions for those involved in the occupation, protests and walkouts.

For more info contact please contact Ian Pattison (Press Representative for the occupation) 07766585543

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Video Footage from Guardian: Second Leeds student protest & march

1 Dec. 2010
From Guardian Leeds:

“Second Leeds student protest & march”

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Student occupation of University of Leeds building still going strong: from Guardian

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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As i sat on my sofa i was also on the march in Leeds: from Culture Vulture

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.

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LSR Podcast: first day of action report

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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Leeds: Students hold second day of fees protest

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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