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Students protest over privatisation

by Paddy Nielsen
Issue No. 2389

Up to 350 students joined a demonstration at the University of Birmingham under the banner of free education on Wednesday of last week.

Students tried to occupy various buildings. Police kettled students for up to four hours before breaking up the protest and arresting 14 people.

Sabbatical officers around Britain are putting pressure on student union leaders in Birmingham not to condemn the protest.

Around 50 university campuses were expected to take part in a week of action this week, initiated by Student Assembly.

The action is against the sell-off of student loans.

Organising solidarity with a national strike of university staff on Thursday of this week is a big focus for many groups.

Other actions include banner drops and stalls to publicise the campaign against the sell-off.

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Tue 4 Feb 2014, 16:21 GMT
Issue No. 2389
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