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Student update: Occupations continue, new day of action next Tuesday

Issue No. 2229

The student movement against the Tories’ attacks on education is intensifying after Day X’s magnificent protests, which involved tens of thousands of school, college and university students.

Activists are now planning for a second mass day of action and walk-outs next Tuesday 30 November—when parliament will debate an opposition motion on tuition fees. This could see protests on an even bigger scale than Day X as pressure mounts on the Tory and Lib Dem government.

Students at 13 universities also remain in occupation in protest at education. A number of universities went into occupation on Day X.

Some—such as Warwick, Glasgow, Sheffield, Strathclyde and Leeds Metropolitan universities, and Glasgow School of Art—have ended their occupations. But students at Newcastle, Manchester, Oxford, Southbank, Cardiff, Leeds, Plymouth and Edinburgh universities, and the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas), University of Central London, University of West of England, University of East London and the Royal Holloway College are continuing their occupations.

A group of students have also today taken over leading Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes’s office in south London today.

The Education Activist Network has called a national student coordination meeting this Sunday 28th November from 12 noon at Birkbeck College in central London, WC1E 7HX. It is supported by NCAFC and ULU Student Assembly.

This will be a crucial meeting that can help map out the course of the struggle to beat the Tories.

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