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The International Student Movement (ISM) is an independent communication platform for groups and activists around the world to exchange information, network and coordinate activities in our struggle against the increasing commercialisation of education and for free emancipatory education for all!

Consider endorsing the International Joint Statement as a group or individual and checking out the overview of activities in connection with the GLOBAL EDUCATION STRIKE.

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Quebec (Canada): Student Strike + Massive Rally against Tuition Fees

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 Expelled Students at German University in Cairo

Feb./March 2012:
Movement in support of 5 Students
Expelled at the German University in Cairo


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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)

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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: 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

Togo:
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.

If you have updates on the situation and want to see them published here, then drop a line at united.for.education@gmail.com.

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

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