Budapest: Protests against Education Reforms

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).

Starbucks squatted at Bosphorus University (Boğaziçi Üniversitesi)

Istanbul (Turkey):
Starbucks at Boğaziçi University occupied:
"Cheap and Healthy Food and Freedom!"

On December 5th hundreds of students gathered near campus of Boğaziçi Üniversitesi in Istanbul to protest the increasing commercialisation of spaces on campus as well as for affordable and healthy food for everyone. Following the rally about 100 students began to squat the Starbucks outlet on campus. The occupation still continues today (Dec. 11th).

Togo, Dec.8th: Massive Protests for Access to Education

Massive Protests for Access to Education
~ December 8th ~

NOTE: this video contains material of graphic violence from minute 10:10 onwards!

The only two public universities in Togo, the University of Lomé and the University of Kara, were temporarily shut down by authorities after riot police clashed with students on campus on thursday (Dec. 8th). To break up the protest police forces fired teargas and chased students.

The protests were triggered by a new "financial aid policy", which was introduced last month. Now payouts are only to be awarded to students considered "brilliant" or "outstanding" instead to all scholars as before. Before the introduction of this new regulation, all students received 20,000 FCFA (= 40US$, 30€) per semester.

The two public universities enrol more than 60,000 students. Besides that there are also several private institutions in this small West African country.

Students arranged general assemblies at the University of Lomé and the University of Kara, which were attended by thousands. Dozens were injured by the riot police. There are reports that they also used live ammunition. At least one student was shot in the hand.


The protests will continue.

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For activists across the African continent to network and connect an ISM-Africa facebook group was set up.

100 hours of Sit-in at the University of Bucharest

The following message was sent to the ISM (global) mailing list on November 29th:

100 hours of Sit-in
at the University of Bucharest (Romania)
~ stated on November 24th, 6pm ~

Students and others gathered at the SIT-IN at the University in Bucharest.
The banners in the back say „Canes cannot replace ideas” and „Obedience suffocates the conscience”.

On the 24th of November at the University of Bucharest, a public debate over the current state of affairs of education has been organized. To stop the students and others to peacefully debate and protest, the University authorities have sent plenty of private security agents to try to stop the event.

First-hand account of UC (University of California) Davis pepper-sprayed student

Taken from the Free Education Montreal (FEM) homepage.

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