Protests against the Privatisation of Education Worldwide
People worldwide are resisting the increasing privatisation of education and fight for free emancipatory education all the time. But this November 30th, the final day of the "Global Wave of Action for Education", saw an exceptional number of protests. To make the global dimension of our struggle more visible, I decided to list and share details and pictures of them here. Feel encouraged to get involved in the networking efforts on the international level and make use of the infrastructure of the independent platform "International Student Movement".
~ UK ~
For the third time tens of thousands across the UK took to the streets to protest fees and cuts. In many places demonstrations were kettled by the police. 153 protesters were arrested in London, ten in Bristol, five in Manchester and one in Leeds. At about 20 institutions students reclaimed spaces which they keep occupying.
~ Italy ~
Also across Italy hundreds of thousands of students took to the streets again to resist education reforms, that will lead to cuts and an increasing privatisation of education. Last time many touristic sighs were targeted, this time it was infrastructure. Railway stations and highways were blocked.
~ Philippines ~
Hundreds of students and workers took to the streets in Davao City (Philippines) in protest against fees and cuts and the increasing privatisation of education. As part of the rally discussions were held in groups and a concert with political music took place. Details on strikes in the past few days: emancipating-education-for-all.org
~ Austria ~
Dozens of students went into a symbolic hungerstrike for 24 hours to protest cuts. Further details on that are also available here.
~ Puerto Rico ~
In protest against fees about 40 students of the University of Puerto Rico (campus: Río Piedras) occupied the rector's office. Report in Spanish + 2 videos: primerahora.com
~ Chile ~
About 1,000 students protested in the capital Santiago against the privatisation of education. Currently they are threatened with cuts in social sciences and history. Protesters were attacked and chased by the police and in the end 46 students were detained. Organisers confirmed this action to be part of the "Global Wave". Report in Spanish: cooperativa.cl