Clampdown: Defend the right to protest at Sussex University
March 6, 2010 7 Comments
Sussex University – where lecturers have recently balloted to strike with a record-breaking turnout – has been the scene of a growing student movement against cuts. Now management have decided to clamp down. In shocking scenes this Wednesday, they brought in riot police with dogs and tazers to attack a student protest.
(video via sussexnotforsale)
They have since suspended at least 6 students, bypassing normal disciplinary procedures and barring them from campus until further notice, and taken out a high court injunction outlawing unauthorised protests on university property.
This is an outrageous attack on the right to protest. It is also an attempt to intimidate students and lecturers across the country out of taking action against the government’s education cuts. Our movement can only win if it is united, and if we do not stand behind the Sussex students we set ourselves up for being picked off one by one.
Hundreds of Sussex students have already demonstrated against this clampdown on Friday. Now, we must go back to that fundamental slogan “an injury to one is an injury to all”. The Defend Sussex campaign blog features an online petition in defence of the arrested and suspended students. Please sign it and circulate widely.