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Sussex students win

by Tom Walker in Sussex
Issue No. 2193

Sussex university has reinstated the six students it suspended after they occupied the university against cuts.

It has lifted disciplinary measures imposed on the students, who have become known as the Sussex Six.

The measures banned them from coming onto the university campus. The university has confirmed the reinstatements in writing.

Simon Englert, one of the Sussex Six, told Socialist Worker, “This is a massive victory. It’s incredible, it’s like a huge weight has been lifted and it shows that a united fightback of students and workers, striking and occupying, can win.

“We’ve forced the bosses to back down. We’ve got them on the run.”

While the six will still face disciplinary hearings, their reinstatement is a dramatic climbdown on the part of university management.

Students and lecturers will need to build mass protests at the hearings – and the mood exists to do that. Three hundred students and workers demonstrated at lunchtime today, as lecturers took part in a one-day strike against job cuts and a student occupation continued.

Another rally is planned for 4pm today outside the main university entrance.

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