Defend the Right to Protest
DEFEND THE RIGHT TO PROTEST:
OPPOSE CON-DEM EDUCATION CUTS
The recent wave of student protests has shown the mass dissatisfaction over the Tory-Liberal Democrat plans to scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance for school pupils and increase tuition fees to up to £9,000 per year for university students.
The Guardian newspaper reported that 52,000 people joined the NUS/UCU organised protest on 10th November 2010 against the cuts. The anger and sense of sheer injustice that was felt by a broad layer of students, school pupils and staff was shown clearly on that day with the protest at Tory Party HQ, at
The proposed changes to university funding are grossly unfair and regressive. They will lead to an eventual marketization of the education system with only the rich being able to afford quality higher education and deter poorer students from even applying in the first place from fear of being saddled with massive and unaffordable debts.
The occupation of Tory HQ at
However 100’s of arrests have been made following these demonstrations. 22-year-old Bryan Simpson from
We, the undersigned, consider the arrest of student protestors to be a disproportionate response which victimises individuals who are expressing their democratic right to protest in the name of defending education.
We call on the charges against Bryan Simpson and other students to be dropped.
We pledge support for the Defend the Right to Protest Campaign.
We denounce the Coalition government’s education cuts as regressive and deeply unjust.