DEFEND THE RIGHT TO PROTEST

November 16, 2010 - Leave a Response

Thanks everyone to the incredible support over the past week: we’ve had literally thousands of people signing the petition. We are now going to constitute a formal defence campaign.

Launch meeting: DEFEND THE RIGHT TO PROTEST
Stop the witchhunt, no to victimisations

Tuesday 23rd November, 7:30pm
Friends Meeting House (Small Hall), near Euston

Speakers include:

  • John McDonnell, Labour MP (pc)
  • Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary (pc)
  • Arrested student protestors
  • Matt Foot, socialist lawyer (pc)
  • Sean Vernell, UCU NEC (pc)

Called by London Region UCU.
Chaired by Jenny Sutton London Region UCU FE chair (pc).

Click here to download photocopiable leaflet (pdf)

Sign the new statement

As part of the official campaign launch, we have drawn up a new statement. Even if you have signed the original statement, please click here to sign the new one too:

http://www.petitiononline.com/ten11ten/petition.html

Initial signatories include:

  • Tony Benn
  • Mark Serwotka, general secretary PCS (pc)
  • Jeremy Dear, general secretary NUJ (pc)
  • Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP (pc)
  • John McDonnell, Labour MP (pc)
  • Ken Loach, filmmaker (pc)

Sign the Unity statement

November 11, 2010 - 28 Responses

We need unity to break the Con-Dems’ attacks
Stand with the protesters against victimisation

Wednesday’s national NUS/UCU 50,000 strong national demonstration was a magnificent show of strength against the Con Dems’ savage attacks on education. The Tories want to make swingeing cuts, introduce £9,000 tuition fees and cut EMA. These attacks will close the doors to higher education and further education for a generation of young people.

During the demonstration over 5,000 students showed their determination to defend the future of education by occupying the Tory party HQ and its courtyards for several hours. The mood was good-spirited, with chants, singing and flares.

Yet at least 32 people have now been arrested, and the police and media appear to be launching a witch-hunt condemning peaceful protesters as “criminals” and violent.

A great deal is being made of a few windows smashed during the protest, but the real vandals are those waging a war on our education system.

We reject any attempt to characterise the Millbank protest as small, “extremist” or unrepresentative of our movement.

We celebrate the fact that thousands of students were willing to send a message to the Tories that we will fight to win. Occupations are a long established tradition in the student movement that should be defended. It is this kind of action in France and Greece that has been an inspiration to many workers and students in Britain faced with such a huge assault on jobs, benefits, housing and the public sector.

We stand with the protesters, and anyone who is victimised as a result of the protest.

As of 12 noon on Friday 12th November there have been over 3000 signatories including those by email and facebook. A selected list is available here. We are trying to get all the names up as quickly as possibly but in the mean time you can sign the e-petition – if you have a trade union position or represent an organisation put your position in the comment box.

Join our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/We-need-unity-defend-the-Millbank-protestors/128397300550227

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