FIGHTING FOR FREE AND DEMOCRATIC EDUCATIONPosted: February 6, 2014
Last Wednesday on 29.01.2014 students from five universities of Birmingham and other students had gathered to protest against the big increases in fees and against the reductions to the salaries of the teaching staff (!!!) They shouted various slogans and some students at the end of the protest, entered the building Aston Webb University in the great hall and clock tower and hung banners which are referred their demands.
While the students tried to go away from the spot, they were surrounded by the police and the security of the university. It is estimated that approximately 100 people protesters were faced with police for four hours. There were arrested 13 students- protesters and detained for more than 24 hours in police departments of Birmingham.
The National Campaign Against Cuts and Fees (NCACAF) said that the arrests were all for refusing to give their names to the police. Universities everywhere are losing the argument on staff exploitation and privatization – and the only argument we saw from them today was brute force.
According to the university decision, it is banned the access for these students on the university campus and in all academic activities. That inhibits their student status and causes with that un-democratic way terror to all people who are struggling and fighting, for not to exclude the children of working and poor families from universities.
Violence, intimidation and cops on campus against students. Prohibition of freedom of speech and expression. Students with brutal knowledge just of their subject, without political crisis who live dormant in today’s harsh reality that we face, and they are easily embeddable from the system.
This is not the university we want. Students, teachers, workers have common interests.
WE DEMAND TO BE TAKEN BACK THESE SUSPENSIONS AND ASK IN THE INCLUSION OF STUDENTS AFFECTED THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY.
- To be lifted now the decision to exclude students from throughout the university to continue their studies.
- An end to bullying and victimization of students.
- Direct and democratic education of all decisions taken have reason teaching staff and students.
- No more pay cuts and staff layoffs. Universities should accept the demands of the fees set by the union staff.
- Free education for all students
- Delete the debt from student loans.