The occupations begin


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We already know Clare Solomon wants students to rise up and take what's apparently rightfully theirs, ie free education on a plate. Now the occupations and the silliness begin.

Solomon as president of the Uni of London Union is tomorrow holding a workshop on occupations, walk-outs, and road blockages. The aim of these occupations is to achieve "maximum disruption". That's a pretty open statement.

Two hundred students from Sussex uni yesterday kicked things off by occupying one of their newer buildings. The action unfolded at a frantic pace and a whole five Twitter updates were posted in that time.

Similarly, Goldsmith and Manchester have apparently conducted some kind of occupation and our French comrades overseas are seemingly joining in the fun.

SOAS Counterfire is calling for "immediate occupation of SOAS management buildings as a direct response to the threat to the future of higher education". There's an EGM on Thursday at 5.30 pm.

I won't take part in any kind of occupation because I don't believe education should be completely free for all in the UK. I've said this over and over. If it's going to be free, who is going to pay for it? We don't live in some idealist's bubble. I also don't support all those who were arrested last week. Given Solomon's vocal support of the Millbank violence, it's fair to assume that anything goes from hereon in.

November 24 will apparently be a national day of action. My action for that day will likely involve studying, I'm afraid. But I'll attend the EGM to see what kind of ideas blossom from the SOAS crowd.

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