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The advance of the left in the student movement

1st September 2012 Socialist Action 0

By Jennifer Nash

On Wednesday 21 November tens of thousands of students will march in central London on NUS’ national demonstration against the government’s attacks on education. This will be the first time NUS has organised a national mobilisation to defend students against the coalition’s intensifying attacks in two years.

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Chilean students fight for free education and a new society

3rd November 2011 Socialist Action 0

By Stephen MacAvoy

The huge youth student protests that have shaken Chile in recent months have shattered the myth that it is Latin America’s neo-liberal success story and underlined how mass protests are key to forcing concessions from politicians who argue “there is no alternative”.

The students, whose demands are free education and an end to profit-making in education, have organised six months of resolute protests involving prolonged occupations of hundreds of schools some for months at time, regular demonstrations attracting as many as 1m people (as shown in this video report) in a country of just 16 million people and civil disobedience in the form of direct action, such as this occupation of Parliament (seen here).

Young people fighting for Palestine

29th June 2011 Socialist Action 0

By Jennifer Nash

The youth movement for Palestine in Britain has continued to strengthen, with a number of significant advances.

The growing support for Palestine amongst young people in Britain has finally encouraged the National Union of Students (NUS) to join the growing movement for justice and peace for Palestine.

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Students show how to fight the capitalist offensive

16th December 2010 Socialist Action 0

By Stephen MacAvoy

The huge upturn in student militancy in the past month is a significant boost to every progressive who wants to defeat the Tory-led offensive against the working class. It is the beginning of forces in Britain joining the resistance against the capitalist offensive which has been unfolding across Europe.

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Defend education – oppose fees rise

5th November 2010 Socialist Action 0

By Jennifer Nash

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The coalition government has launched a massive assault on students which will cause significant social and economic damage. It plans to increase tuition fees from £3290 to £9000 per year, alongside huge cuts of 40 per cent to the higher education budget. Also the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for students studying in Further Education will be axed. This move will deny poorer students the opportunity to study beyond secondary school.