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.
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.