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Return of the student struggle

Issue No. 2233

University, FE and school students are once again preparing to hit the streets to defeat the Tory-led coalition’s plans to destroy education. This year can be one of inspiring resistance, and the students are at the forefront.

The government wants to triple fees to a staggering £9,000 a year and scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)—a £30 a week lifeline for college students from poor backgrounds.

But they are not getting away with it. January is packed full of activity, and university students are preparing for rallies and occupations when they get back onto campus at the start of term.

Students and lecturers are preparing for 29 January—a day that’ll see them unite with other workers against the attacks on education.

Demonstrations will take place on the day in London and Manchester, so far backed by the UCU and GMB unions, as well as education campaign groups.

This will be the opportunity for the movement to once again show its strength on the streets.

The police have tried to intimidate students with violence at protests, dawn raids and arrests. United, students and workers can beat back these attacks, and weaken the coalition to breaking point.

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