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Sussex students evicted - but vow to keep fighting

Issue No. 2347

Sussex Supporters at the court in London last week

Sussex Supporters at the court in London last week (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Police have evicted students at the University of Sussex who had been occupying a campus building in protest at privatisation.

They moved in on the occupiers on Tuesday of this week and arrested four students.

One student described how riot vans swarmed onto campus and police threw students who tried to block them out of the way.

This follows a court injunction that banned all protests on campus that do not have the express permission of university management.

It also granted a possession order to university managers of all spaces on campus, turning occupiers into trespassers in law.

Students had been in occupation for almost eight weeks against plans to privatise 235 jobs.

The campaign mobilised well over 1,000 students, staff and supporters.

Lewis Nielsen, a student at Sussex, told Socialist Worker, “We got in touch with local unions within hours of the eviction.

“We are appealing for unions to pass motions supporting us.”

Similar privatisation has already been driven through at University of East London. 

At Uclan in Preston there is a campaign against the privatisation of the entire institution.

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Fri 5 Apr 2013, 16:02 BST
Issue No. 2347
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