Monday, 31 October 2011

Students aim for heart of Beast

STUDENTS in the UK are taking their anger to the heart of the Beast on Wednesday November 9.

Rather than repeating the symbolic demonstrations to the Houses of Parliament, they are heading to where the power really lies - the City of London.

There they will link up with Occupy LSX protesters near the Stock Exchange - and many other financial institutions will be boarding up their windows.

The development marks a significant step forward for the student movement, which hit the headlines a year ago.

Radicalised by the violent reaction of both state and media to their mass uprising - and by events elsewhere in the world - a generation of young people have seen past the facade of so-called democracy.

They understand that there is a de facto permanent  and unelected government, which sits not in Westminster but in the boardrooms of the financial elite.

The November 9 march, which starts at 12 noon from the University of London Union in Malet Street, hopes to link up with  thousands of striking electricians, who are marching with Unite the Union in protest at a 35% national pay cut. UK Uncut have also indicated support for the demonstration.

Michael Chessum, from the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, said: “In marching on the City, we are sending a message that we will not let the Government to hand over education to the markets. Education should be a public service, accessible to all – not a corporate enterprise.”