Students are now preparing for “Day X”—a national day of action against education cuts on Wednesday of next week.
In London there will be a protest outside Lib Dem HQ and an evening demonstration with workers and trade unionists outside Downing Street. Across the country, mass meetings, protests and occupations are planned.
Over 200 students packed into an Education Activist Network meeting on Monday of this week to discuss the way forward for the student movement.
There was an impressive mix of activists—including lecturers, college and university students and support staff.
Jim Wolfreys, a lecturer at King’s College London and member of the UCU union’s national executive committee, introduced the meeting. He was drowned out with applause as he praised the demonstration against fees on Wednesday and said, “It knocked on the head the idea that cuts are inevitable.”
Students were proud of their protest. The entire meeting condemned the “hysterical” media reaction.
Many people described how the protest had excited and inspired students who hadn’t been on it. Students stressed that this is the start of a militant movement to defend education.