Report from a student who walked out…
November 11, 2011 Leave a comment
Yesterday saw around 50 students from La Swap Sixth Form in Camden walk out and join the 10,000 strong demonstration in Central London in opposition the ConDem coalition’s assault on education.
Current FE students will be some of the first to be hit by the trebling of tuition fees and the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance, and a generation politicised by last year’s mass action were hungry to get back on the streets and take on the Tories. This was despite threats of police using rubber bullets and the recent media witch hunts of demonstrators – students will not be intimidated or silenced.
Our contingent were in full throughout the day, as we marched through the heart of the capital energised by the re-emergence of the students movement. The end point of the demonstration was particularly appropriate, as students from London Metropolitan University dropped a banner opposing the brutal 70% course cuts they face- with London Met being the local university for many La Swap students, it was an apt reminder of the role education plays in our community and why it must be defended.
Looking forward, students discussed the need to stand with staff taking strike action on November 30th. This unity was displayed with the support the demonstration received from construction workers and electricians- now we must build on a successful demonstration to make sure all forces (including the NUS) come together and fight to give this illegitimate government and its policies a knockout blow.