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Student occupations have focused the struggle

Issue No. 2232

Students in Trafalgar Square during last week

Students in Trafalgar Square during last week's protests (Pic: Geoff Dexter)

Some students suspended university occupations this week as the winter holiday approaches—but others are vowing to stay in over Christmas and more began new occupations.

Students in Sheffield, Manchester, Bradford, UCL, Soas and Newcastle are among those that have suspended occupations. But they are clear that they will be back to fight in January.

At the University of Kent, students have been occupying part of the senate building since Wednesday 8 December.

“It’s indefinite,” said Andrew Hoyle, one of the occupiers. “Our campus security are threatening to turn off the electricity when term ends this Friday, but people are determined to stay.

“Workers have got over 200 people to sign a statement to support us.”

Workers at Hull university are also petitioning to raise support for the students.

Other students began new occupations this week.

Students at the University of Hull and Aberystwyth University began occupying on Monday of this week.

Kieran Ford, from the Aberystwyth occupation, said, “Thursday’s vote has not halted our momentum.

“Come the new year, Aberystwyth students will continue their campaign of action against cuts.”

Send messages of support to Kent students to [email protected].

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