UK STUDENTS FACING VIOLENCE, INTIMIDATION AND ARREST FOR OPPOSING PRIVITISATION OF THEIR UNIVERSITIES
The growing student movement in opposition to the marketisation of Higher Education is being confronted by the full force of the emergent British police state. Universities are using court injunctions to ban student protest, and when students oppose such measures they are faced with an overwhelming and violent response by the UK’s militarised police force.
Two things have trebled under the Coalition government since 2010: university tuition fees, and long term youth unemployment. In order to pay tuition fees, accommodation, food and other expenses, the average student will leave University with personal debts of £53,300. Yet our 18-24 year olds are less likely to find employment than at any time in the last twenty years. Students and young people have every reason to protest.