Five Sussex students have been suspended indefinitely for taking part in legal demonstrations and occupations against uni management’s privatisation plans and in support of the recent staff strike. This is an attempt by management to intimidate students from exercising their right to democratically protest. In recent weeks we have seen an occupation at Birmingham violently evicted, and the disgraceful scenes at the University of London, where protesting students were subject to shocking police violence.
Join the week of action at Sussex to reinstate the Sussex Five!
MONDAY 9TH DEC
12.30pm – Rally in Library Square, with Sussex students speaking, leading into Emergency Members Meeting of the Students’ Union below.
1pm – Emergency Members Meeting of the Student Union to pass motions calling for Student Walk Out on Tuesday 10th in support of Sussex Five and other actions (this needs 450 students present to have decision making power, so please all students come along!) https://www.facebook.com/events/218755721640464/?fref=ts
6pm – Defend the Right to Protest Open Meeting to discuss the crackdown on student democracy at Sussex and how to fightback against it, with Alfie Meadows (a student nearly killed by police at student protest then charged with violent disorder), Ian Bradley (electrician in successful fight against 35% wage cuts and in campaign against blacklist), a Sussex student protestor, Jelena Timotijevic (convenor of Defend the Right to Protest campaign), Ellie Mae O’Hagan (Guardian journalist and activist). https://www.facebook.com/events/581181388619178/?fref=ts
TUESDAY 10TH DEC – SUSSEX DAY OF ACTION TO REINSTATE THE SUSSEX FIVE
Student Walk Out to Reinstate the Sussex Five – Don’t attend your lectures and seminars in support of the suspended students and to demand management to reinstate them! Come to the demonstration at 1pm in Library Square!
8.30am onwards – Education picket lines on entrances to campus and lecture theatres to encourage student not to walk out and not go to lessons, and to join the demonstration at 1pm to demand the reinstatement of the five students
1pm – Demonstration demanding the reinstatement of the Sussex Five, 1pm Library Square – https://www.facebook.com/events/245388152287699/?fref=ts
It is crucial we get as much students involved in these actions to show management that we will not tolerate unjust disciplinary action and intimidation of students, and that we demand an immediate end to the suspensions!
WEDNESDAY 11TH DEC – NATIONAL DEMO #COPSOFFCAMPUS AT ULU, London WC1E 7HY
Students have the University of London have faced police violence and arrests for the past 3 weeks. A Sussex Students has been unjustly targeted by the police for legally demonstrating. Join the national demonstration against police violence and police on campus – https://www.facebook.com/events/565580810188930/?previousaction=join&source=1