On Thursday of last week, over 230 students at De Montfort University, Leicester, poured into the college’s largest lecture theatre to hear Respect MP George Galloway.
During the week running up to the meeting the campus was transformed into an arena of political debate. Thousands of leaflets were distributed and megaphones boomed out, despite attempts by security and police to quieten students down.
George really struck a chord with the students. He talked about tuition fees, the need to unite all those to the left of Labour, and why we must remind Tony Blair that we have not forgotten his illegal occupation of Iraq.
Only four days after more than 100 students signed up for Student Respect at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, the campus common room was packed with people who had come for Respect’s launch meeting last week.
Sprawled out on sofas, munching popcorn and dates, everybody watched a DVD of Respect MP George Galloway’s testimony before the US senate.
People applauded Galloway’s anti-war message and laughed as he silenced the senators.
Students agreed to help out at weekly Student Respect stalls and the upcoming forum on Malcolm X.