Occupied Leeds – PRESS RELEASE

29 Nov

Tuesday 30th November Tomorrow in Leeds On Tuesday 30th November is the 2nd national day of action. At 11am students at schools, colleges, universities will stage further student walkouts. In Leeds, we will be mobilising at 11am at Parkinson Steps to march to the Town Hall for 12pm. We will then march back up to Parkinson Steps for 1pm, where we will be joined by school and college students to go protest the banks.

Today we will be going out to schools and colleges throughout the city to promote the occupation and Tuesday’s day of action and walkouts. Tonight, at 8pm we will be hosting a public meeting inside the occupation that will include a live video call to an Italian occupation in Parma. After at 10pm we will be holding a social and fundraiser, also inside the occupation, with anti-cuts folk singer Gary Kaye providing the entertainment.

Ian Pattison, Press Representative for the occupation, said “The NUS leadership has now caught up with the rest of the student movement, by giving its full support to the wave of occupations sweeping the country. On Tuesday, school and college students won’t just be drawn into the movement, they will be leading it. Our protests question the legitimacy of this government and their brutal cuts package.” 100 students are occupying the Michael Sadler building, Leeds University, in 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.

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. 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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