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LSE students occupy and Greek students show solidarity

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2230

Students at the London School of Economics (LSE) in central London have gone into occupation against a planned rise in tuition fees and cuts to education.

They have taken over the Vera Anstey suit, which management uses for business meetings.

Ashok Kumar, the sabbatical education officer at LSE told Socialist Worker, “We had an emergency general meeting to discuss occupying. There were 400 people in the meeting and the vote in favour of occupation passed almost unanimously.

“There are now around 130 students in occupation. We want to use the occupation as a base to build for other protests and occupations.”

The students’ primary demand is for the vice chancellor to sign a joint statement alongside the UCU lecturers’ union and student union condemning the cuts.

Students have also occupied at University of East Anglia against the attacks to higher education.

Students across Britain are now building for demonstrations on Wednesday and Thursday of next week, when parliament will vote on the cuts.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 students have fought police in Athens, Greece, as they tried to march on the British Embassy in solidarity with students in Britain and against attacks on education in Greece.

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