OVER 1,200 students at Cambridge University demonstrated last Saturday against rises in room rents. The demonstration was part of a campaign which has included rent strikes at some of the colleges this term. Around 240 students at King's College have pledged not to pay their rent, which is set to rise by around 40 percent over the next five years.
The students' union has so far supported a campaign of direct action against the university authorities. However, the union executive has not attempted to broaden the campaign across all the colleges. There was a real mood for occupation amongst a minority on the demonstration. Yet none of the platform speakers called for one!
ABOUT 150 students rallied against tuition fees at Oxford University on Friday of last week. They gathered outside the main administration building, chanting, 'Tax the rich!' and denouncing Tony Blair as 'Thatcher in disguise'. The rally was in support of about 100 students who are refusing to pay their fees.
ABOUT 30 students at Goldsmiths College, south London, barracked US 'drugs tsar' General Barry McCaffrey at a press conference on Monday of this week. McCaffrey believes in locking more people up for minor drugs offences. The students pointed out that over 60,000 people are in US prisons for cannabis offences, more than the entire prison population of Britain.