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Leeds Occupiers issued with eviction – they call for rally
Leeds University management has officially issued the students occupying the Michael Sadler building an eviction notice. The eviction is to be carried out at 8am, Wednesday 8th December. The occupation is calling on all supporters to mobilise in defence of the students right to peaceful protest. They are encouraging everybody to stay over in the occupation this evening, and/or rally in solidarity at the occupation Wednesday, 7.30am.
Our press officer, Ian Pattison, is also currently being seriously harassed and intimidated by West Yorkshire Police, ahead of the planned protest against cuts tomorrow afternoon. The protest against education cuts is planned for 12pm outside Leeds Met Students Union, and will be going ahead as planned.
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 further information please contact the deputy press rep: Georgia Emblen – 078214 53935