Socialist Worker

Occupations flourish in lead up to vote

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2230

Monday has seen new occupations bloom across the country as students gear up for the biggest fight yet.

Camberwell College of Arts occupied today and students from

arts colleges and anti-cuts campaigners stormed the Turner Prize gallery at Tate Britain against funding cuts for the arts.

Students in Bath Spa have occupied their college to protest against proposed cuts after a demonstration of 220 students and staff in the city today outside the offices of Don Foster, Lib Dem MP.

The demo was organised by Bath Spa University Student Union, Bath Uni SU, and the UCU branches from Bath Spa, Bath, and City of Bath College.

Foster came out to speak to the crowd. Student president Richard Bidgood gave him a choice—vote against the fees, or misrepresent the people who elected him.

Foster refused to say what he would do, and 200 students all around him chanted “Don, Don/shame on you/shame on you for turning blue”

UCL student union held an emergency general meeting to decide union policy towards the occupation. At least 200 students were turned away from the packed meeting of over 300 which voted overwhelmingly in favour of the occupation.

London Metropolitan University students have been in occupation since Friday and are putting plans in place for a week of action in the lead up to Thursday’s demonstration, including a rally outside the university.

All roads lead to parliament and students prepare for mass protests on Thursday.

Meet at 12noon at ULU, Malet Street WC1 to march to Trafalgar Square and on to parliament.

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