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Leeds occupation reaches 10th day; occupiers plan General Assembly, day of action in Leeds, and national march on Parliament
On Sunday 5th December, the occupation at Leeds University will hold a General Education Assembly in the occupied space. The last all-Leeds Education Assembly attracted over 200 students, parents, teachers, lecturers and trade unionists. Sunday’s assembly will be a springboard to plan for future action.
On Wednesday 8th December, we are calling for a student strike and complete education shutdown in Leeds. At 12pm, we will mobilise outside Leeds Met Students Union for a day protest and action.
On Thursday 9th December, the vote on fees will take place. The coalition wants to bulldoze through its crippling tuition fee rises as soon as they can. Students and workers will march on Parliament to break the coalition and ultimately stop all austerity.
Ian Pattison, Press Representative for the occupation, said “The Con-Dem government has no mandate for these cuts. If we can stop the tuition fee rises, it will through into question the necessity and inevitability of their entire austerity agenda.”
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