PRESS RELEASE for immediate use
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