Latest press release from Leeds Uni occupation:
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PRESS RELEASE for immediate use
Students win the heating back & prepare for a demo against Topshop
Yesterday morning students awoke to a very frosty reception at the Leeds Occupation. The fire alarms had gone off twice in the night and the air conditioning had been turned on to full, leaving the Michael Sadler lecture theatre in arctic conditions. After some tweets and consultations with Trade Unions and the Leeds University Union Executive, the ‘malfunctioning’ fire alarm system and ‘malfunctioning’ air conditioning was fixed and heat was restored. The students celebrated by holding a pyjama party with live local musicians from folk artists to rappers.
Currently the occupiers are preparing to promote their ‘Education Assembly’ meeting which is to be held tomorrow in the Michael Sadler lecture theatre. Last week saw 180 people at the meeting, which is open to anyone from the Leeds community who is interested in organising against the cuts. The occupiers are expecting a larger number of attendees this week. The Education Assembly will be focused on mobilising the Leeds community into lobbying the government to stop the proposed Education reforms passing in parliament on Decembers 9th.
Today, occupiers are also participating in a national campaign highlighting the millions of pounds fashion moguls Topshop have dodged paying in tax this year, and will be demonstrating outside Leeds Briggate Topshop from noon. Occupier Georgia Emblen stated, “It is important to highlight that these cuts been made at the expense of ordinary people, so that massive corporations, such as Topshop and Vodafone, who can afford to pay, are able to avoid contributing to our welfare system”.
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 please contact Meehall Wood (Press Representative for the occupation) 07845066199