The latest press release from the University of Leeds Occupation:
PRESS RELEASE for immediate use
Leeds Occupation calls Leeds student strike on Wednesday 8th December, and joins march on Parliament on Thursday 9th December
Yesterday the occupation of the Michael Sadler building at Leeds University held another General Assembly to plan participating in this week’s protest in the run-up to the vote on tuition fee rises. On Wednesday 8th December we are calling for a student strike and complete education shutdown in Leeds. We will demonstrate outside Leeds Met Student Union at 12pm.
On Thursday 9th December we will join tens of thousands of students across the country for a march on Parliament, the day MPs vote on fees, to demand they do not increase them. Leeds Coaches leave 6am from Parkinson Steps.
Ian Pattison, Press Representative for the occupation, said “On Thursday 9th December, Parliament will vote on whether to raise tuition fees to crippling heights. It will be less than one month after the initial NUS national demonstration on November 10th. This is no accident. The Con-Dem government have seen the opposition, and want to bulldoze through their plans, before it grows any further. On Thursday, students and workers will march on Parliament, and unite against austerity. Whichever way the vote goes on Thursday, this is not the end. Students have offered a lead against the cuts. In January teacher and lecturers will ballot for strike action, and we’ll see student solidarity and coordinated action like never before. We have shown the cuts are not necessary and they are not inevitable. If we fight, we can win.”
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 2 Education Assemblies, 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 information please contact Ian Pattison (Press Representative for the occupation) on 07766585543