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Students take over universities against cuts

Issue No. 2231

Many new occupations have bloomed across Britain this week.

These followed earlier occupations including at the London School of Economics, University College London, King’s College, Leeds, Edinburgh, Manchester Metropolitan University, Newcastle, Dundee, York, Sheffield, University of East London, Oxford and the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Camberwell College of Arts occupied on Monday this week and students from arts colleges stormed the Turner Prize gallery at Tate Britain.

Meanwhile, students in Bath Spa occupied their college after a demonstration outside the offices of Don Foster, local Lib Dem MP.

Bath Spa University students’ union, Bath Uni SU, and the UCU branches from Bath Spa, Bath, and City of Bath College organised the protest.

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 surrounded him chanting, “Don, Don, shame on you—shame on you for turning blue.”

UCL students’ 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 to back the occupation.

On Monday evening Bradford and Goldsmiths universities occupied as well at St Andrews in Scotland.

London Metropolitan University students have been in occupation since Friday of last week.


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