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School occupation returns to Glasgow

Issue No. 2158

As soon as the final bell went last Friday, parents from the St Gregory’s and Wynford primary schools campaign reoccupied Wynford primary school in protest at Glasgow council’s plans for massive cuts to education.

They previously occupied the school for two weeks during the Easter holidays.

The council’s decision to close 22 schools and nurseries hasn’t deterred parents from continuing their campaign.

“We’ve just got angrier and angrier,” said Donna McKenzie, a parent of two children who is involved in the campaign.

This latest occupation is proof that parents are working together and determined to continue fighting against school closures.”

Allison Kelly, who has three children, described the school closures as an attack on ordinary people. “They think that because we’re working class they’ll get away with this,” she warned.

On Saturday the campaign won another victory as a blockade by parents, children and campaign supporters forced ten removal vans who had come to clear the school to leave the premises empty.

The occupying parents have no intention of coming out – recognising occupation as a useful tactic in fighting back. “Look at Visteon,” Claire, one of the occupying parents, said. “The workers there occupied and they won.”

Willie McKean, a community activist, talked of occupations as a way to “galvanise public opinion and keep people motivated and inspired.

Even if they don’t win all the demands occupations tend to branch out into more permanent forms of local organisation.

“It would be great to see something like that come out of this occupation.”

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Tue 30 Jun 2009, 18:25 BST
Issue No. 2158
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