UK Newswire Archive
This is a testimony of someone who was in a blocade of a detention center in Belgium.
On 4th May, London Met students began occupying part of Tower Building, in protest to the fact that 70% of courses will be cut (effectively the whole of art and humanities), student support services will be cut, mass job cuts underway, and plans to stuff students in mega-sized classes underway.
Given at London Met "57% of the university's students are from working class backgrounds and "40% of all BME students in Higher Education in the UK" study there, there is a sense why what is happening at London Met is highly ideological and proof of class/racial increased segregation/social immobility.
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found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXhqjZeWy1A&
London Video activist network: http://visionon.tv/web/vanlondon/crew
First release of the in-house music-making at the Grad Centre occupation ( CHECK IT OUT AND SPREAD FAR AND WIDE | on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWcMvOhrA7g )
Students at London Metropolitan University are occupying the Graduate Centre in opposition to the proposed closure of almost two thirds of the university. The cuts at London Met are of an absolutely devastating scale and demand a response from across our movement. We encourage everyone to rush messages of support to firstname.lastname@example.org and to send representatives to the teach-in on Saturday:
We Are London Met - Education not Privatisation
Saturday May 7th, 10am-4pm
Graduate Centre, London Met University, Holloway Road
Followed by social in the Rocket Bar, to celebrate the winning the London Living Wage for all workers at London Met.
Draft Programme: http://www.londonmetunison.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/We-Are-London-Me...
This event is FREE and OPEN to all the community but PLEASE register in advance, by emailing email@example.com
For more info http://www.wearelondonmet.wordpress.com
DEMONSTRATE ON MAY 11 AT MOORGATE CAMPUS LONDON OR IN YOUR TOWN OR CITY
Six Iranian pro-democracy activists who have been refused asylum in the UK despite overwhelming evidence of brutal torture for their beliefs will take their protest to the Home Office tomorrow afternoon as they reach day 32 of their hunger strike. Four of the six men, including a 17-year old boy, have sewn their lips shut, saying they fear far worse if forcibly returned to Iran.
- Iranian pro-democracy activists refused asylum in UK reach day 32 of hunger strike against deportation - Some of the men have become seriously ill, unable to walk and urinating blood - Joined by supporters, they will take their protest to the Home Office in Westminster tommorrow from 2pm
Six Iranian pro-democracy activists who have been refused asylum in the UK
despite overwhelming evidence of brutal torture for their beliefs
will take their protest to the Home Office tomorrow afternoon as they
reach day 32 of their hunger strike. Four of the six men, including a
17-year old boy, have sewn their lips shut, saying they fear far worse if
forcibly returned to Iran.
They will be leaving their protest camps outside UKBA's headquarters in
Croydon and Amnesty International's offices Clerkenwell, and will march
with supporters from Parliament Square at 2pm to the Home Office in
Westminster. They invite journalists to attend.
Activists Ahmad Sadeghi Pour, Morteza Bayat, Keyvan Bahari, Kiarash
Bahari, Mahyar Meyari and Mehran Meyari were tortured and imprisoned for
their involvement in protests against the Iranian regime. Yet powerful
evidence of this treatment, including torture wounds and newspaper
clippings identifying them as dissidents, was ignored, which the men and
their supporters say is sympomatic of a systematic policy of disbelief at
the UK Border Agency to keep the numbers of those granted leave to remain
Yet the men also wish to highlight the contradiction in government policy
on the issue of democracy in Iran; while government rhetoric indicates a
support for the democracy movement in that country, according to the Home
Office 1,645 Iranian asylum applicants were refused leave to remain from a
total of 1,870 applications last year.
online petition here:
The most savage cuts in the country are planned at London Met, with around 400 courses being cut and hundreds of jobs going. This is the planned future for education: asset stripping in preparation for privatisation. But this is also the way to fight back, as students occupy and workers prepare for strike action...
more info at http://wearelondonmet.wordpress.com/
04-05-2011 22:38The Graduate Centre of Holloway Road Campus is currently occupied by students in protest against Vice- Chancellor Malcolm Gillies’ decision to axe 70% of courses- including Performing Arts, Philosophy and History. Gillies’ decision came as a shock a couple of weeks ago.
04-05-2011 22:22In the madness of recent weeks, this one certainly seems to have slippered on by, at least until now.
04-05-2011 19:28Four student were killed forty years ago today, for protesting against the Vietnam war.
04-05-2011 19:05UNISON and UCU are encouraged to learn that as of this lunchtime some
of our students - in particular, Performing Arts students, have
occupied the Graduate Centre at London Met in protest against the
massive cuts to courses proposed by London Met management.
They, like us, believe these massive cuts to our course portfolio -
the loss of Performing Arts, Philosophy, History, Caribbean Studies,
Trade Union Studies, .... will irreparably damage local working class
student education and the very essence of our university.
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