★ ISM - UK
Kuala Lumpur, April 14th:
Rally for Free Education
- public Square occupied -
Not only in Taipei (check: ism-global.net) have students and teachers in Asia been resisting the increasing commercialisation of education, but also in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) things are heating up. More than 500 people protested against the education loan scheme PTPTN as well as for free education in the streets of the capital yesterday (April 14th). PTPTN stands for the National Higher Education Fund Corporation.
The students first gathered in front of Masjid Jamek LRT station at 2pm. They then marched towards the Sogo shopping centre along Jalan Raja Laut. At 3pm, the crowd stopped in front of the Sogo shopping centre to hear speeches from student leaders.
Mandeep Singh, a former student (he did not disclose his university): "The PTPTN only drives the youth into debt. And not just the youth, but also their families!” he shouted.
The students then left Sogo at around 3:35pm, and marched down Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman towards Dataran Merdeka.
Following the rally more than 300 activists began to set up tents on the Merdeka Square and occupied it. Assemblies were and are still being held. At this hour (April 15th - 5.30pm local time) the square is still being occupied.
By the way, how about uniting worldwide for a Global Education Strike on November 19th 2012?
Currently activists are also considering to set up an International Student Movement - Chinese
Taipei, March 26th:
Protest against Tuition Fees
Anti-Commercialisation Platform Initiated
Not only in Canada students are currently struggling against increasing tuition fees but also in Taiwan, where the government announced plans to hike fees by 10% last week. A final decision on this issue is expected by the end of April, but students are angry and didn't want to wait.
Close to 100 students, teachers and labour union activists got organised and gathered in front of the Ministry of Education in Taipei to hold a "Press Conference". Various speeches were held, a rather huge media presence covered the event and the activists did not let the huge police force at the spot intimidate them.
Tsai Chung-yi (蔡忠益), section chief of the MOE’s Department of Higher Education, faced the students, but only spread hot air saying that a final decision has not been taken yet and that he will forward the message to the minister. Since the minister or chief secretary didn't come out to receive their demands and to express their dissatisfaction with the reaction to their protest activists decided to tear up a huge poster with their goals.
It listed the following three points:
The protest was also used by the activists to express their unity with the ongoing student strike in Quebec and with education activists worldwide. After all this is a common struggle and we are all in this together.
Quebec, March 22nd:
Student Strike and Massive Rally
against Tuition Fees
Just like in many other parts of the world people in Quebec (Canada) struggle against ever increasing tuition fees, where authorities now announced plans to hike them by 75% over the next 5 years.
To resist these moves students in Quebec have been building a major student strike over the recent weeks. L'Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) is leading the current student strike, via Coalition large de l’ASSÉ (CLASSE).
Following a massive rally against tuition fees with up to 300,000 people in the streets of Montreal...
....CLASSE is now calling for a week of actions disrupting the economy and the State from March 26 to March 30.
Movement in support of 5 Students
Expelled at the German University in Cairo
UPDATE: Two students at the American University of Cairo began a hunger strike in solidarity with the activists at GUC on March 3rd. (academic.aucegypt.edu)
Once again students at the German University in Cairo (GUC), a rather elitist private institution with 5,500 students, are affected by repressive measures of the administration. Five students were suspended for protesting on campus while mourning the death of Karim Khozam, a GUC student who was killed during the uprising last year.
On February 29th hundreds of students protested against these suspensions and staged a sit-in at the admins office.
Budapest - Feb. 15th:
Students Protest Education Reforms
the following report was sent to the global ISM mailing list:
On February 15, 2012 several thousands students made a rally along the Danube to protest against the new Higher Education Act that destroys publicly funded higher education and obliges students to stay in work in Hungary after graduation. The demonstration ended as a several hours occupation of the law faculty of ELTE (Eötvös Loránd University).