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The following worldwide activities and protests are symptoms of the dominating economic system, which unleashes its forces globally - we are all suppose to strive to be competitive after all. Therefore they are actually directed at the same root cause. The possibility for free and emancipatory education for all requires fundamental social change. Consequently it makes sense to primarily focus on achieving this kind of change together. One way to raise awareness about the economic coherences is by simply presenting the global dimension of the struggle.
The "Global Wave of Action for Education" this fall (Oct./Nov. 2010) will provide a setting which enables acting together internationally very easily. Discuss it within your groups and get involved!
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Chile: Various schools were occupied by pupils in protest for free public education – 101 activists were detained by riot-police.
Chittagong, Bangladesh: Massive protests against hike in tuition fees at Chittagong University was faced with repression by state and university authorities - hundreds students injured and arrested!
Navi Mumbai, India: Apparently there have been protests at Datta Meghe College of Engineering (DMCE) against a hike in fees. DMCE is private university and affiliated with the University of Mumbai (India).
Mangalore, India: Activists staged a protest on the road to the airport demanding laws to keep the increasing commercialisation of public education in check.
Nagarjuna, India: Students protested at the University of Nagarjuna to have their fees reimbursed.
Guatemala City, Guatemala: Students began to occupy the Universidad de San Carlos to protest the increasing commercialisation (tuition fees) and de-democratisation at their university. The group heading the occupation is called "Students for Autonomy" (Estudiantes por la Autonomia - EPA).
Lahore, Pakistan: Students and teachers came together in a huge demonstration to protest the setting up of "Boards of Governors" in colleges, saying that this is another step towards the privatisation of education.
Dibrugarh, India: Students at Dibrugarh University against a hike in fees.
Oakland, U.S.A.: Families protested against the closure of seven childcare centres.
Source: ktvu.com (check out the video; these protests are just as much part of the struggle for free and emancipatory education)
Dandenong, Australia: About 100 students joined a protest against rising fees.
Canada: Students protest against proposed tariff by Access Copyright
New Zealand: At this stage parents stick to sending cards to politicians to protest against cuts in pre-school education and increasing fees; on August 28th a protest march is planned.
East London, South Africa: The second time in less than a week hundreds of pupils rioted in a school - even threatening to burn it down - demanding authorities to build a proper school as promised.
Chittagong, Bangladesh: More than 200 former students of Chittagong University took to the streets and formed a human chain in Chittagong city to protest against police violence and in support of the demands expressed by students during the protests on August 2nd.
Source: NewAgeBd.com (scroll down to 6th article)
Costa Rica: Rectors called for a strike at public universities trying to pressure the government to increase the budget.
Navi Mumbai, India: Parents protested a hike in fees by breaking into a school.
Chittagong, Bangladesh: Hundreds of students joined a demonstration against police violence. Slogans such as "Why 300 injured? Why 500 arrested? Why 120 criminal cases?" and "We won't pay any extra penny!" were shouted.
Wyandanch, U.S.A.: Students and parents took to the streets to protest cuts in education.
Punjab, Pakistan: The Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) decided to launch a protest campaign within an entire province against the proposed unjust rationalisation measures announced by the Punjab education department.
Kalyan, India: Hundreds of angry parents stormed Arya Gurukul Vidyalaya school to protest a hike in fees.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: In the following days and weeks students and pupils across Buenos Aires protested in their thousands and occupied more than 20 high schools in protest against the chronically underfinanced education system, which contributes to the increasing privatisation of it. Roads were blocked at various spots in the city simultaneously, general assemblies with thousands of students took place. They were the biggest education protests for years. And are also continuing in September.
Benin: For a few weeks lecturers are on strike in Benin. Angry students confronted the Governor with a protest demanding that negotiations with lecturers should be resumed.
Shimoga, India: People protested against the increasing commercialisation of education. The march was called for by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), according to them the largest student organisation in the world.
Dhaka, Bangladesh: More than 1000 students of Jagannath University took to the streets against the introduction of an additional semester fee. They delivered a memorandum and threatened to boycott classes, if the fee is not withdrawn.
Santiago, Chile: More than 3000 students joined a demonstration against the privatisation of education! Riot police tried to stop them with water canons and tear gas - 66 protesters were detained! Similar protests also took place in Valparaiso (Chile) on the same day.
Pasig City, Philippines: Students tried to enter the headquarters of the Department of Education to protest fees in public schools and clashed with security guards - at least 5 students were injured.
Helsinki, Finland: In protest against the new budget for education, which was announced only one day earlier, students stormed government buildings - 14 were caught by police forces and face fines, the others managed to escape.
Bahawalpur, Pakistan: Police attacked students of Quaid-e-Azam Medical College (QMC) of Bahawalpur for protesting against increasing tuition fees. Fifteen students were arrested today. One day earlier students surrounded the principal's office to discuss the hike in fees. But police forces prevented them from entering the building and attacked them. Sixty students were arrested and twenty had to be hospitalized. Soon after the campus was occupied by the students.
The Young Doctors Association of Victoria Hospital expressed their support for the fighting students.
More protests are expected until the principal resigns and the hike in fees is withdrawn!
Chicago, U.S.A.: Students and youth at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) have hit the campus strong in the first days of classes in anticipation for a hard struggle this fall semester. Members of the campus Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) disrupted convocation and sent a clear message to the several thousand incoming freshman, parents and relatives in attendance. When President Hogan was called to the stage for his opening speech, SDSers raised signs decrying his huge salary increase and demanding an end to tuition and fee hikes.
Monterey, U.S.A.: A banner was dropped at California State University to announce the "National Day of Action" on October 7th during the University President's speech, which takes place annually before class begins. The day of action in October will mark the kick off for the "Global Wave of Action for Education".
Unfortunately the video quality is rather bad. On the banner it says: "Set Education Free - Strike! Oct.7th".
Chandigarh, India: Panjab University Students' Union (PUSU) as well as Students' Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) staged protests against fees bringing regular university functioning to a halt for over an hour.
Ekiti, Nigeria: Students protested the latest hike in tuition fees at the public University of Ado-Ekiti as the governor visited the campus as a special guest of honour. Students tried to prevent the governor's convoy from entering the university. When he was leaving the area again protesting students clashed with all sorts of special police forces, including the Air Force. Tear gas canisters were fired as well as sporadic shots into the air as protesters were throwing anything they could get at the convoy. Many students were injured and 6 cars (incl. police vans) smashed in the process.
Students vowed to continue their resistance and gave the Governing Council a seven-day-deadline to reverse the fees or face more protests.
Those believed to have spearheaded the protests are expected to face massive repression.
Bahawalpur, Pakistan: Protests at Quaid-e-Azam Medical College against a hike in tuition fees and the authoritarian measures by the principal continue despite massive police violence.
Manila, Philippines: More than 1000 youths joined the "Youth Walkout for Education" and staged a sit-in in the city centre to publicly discuss problems within the education system and what is actually causing them.
Navi Mumbai, India: Authorities at Vishwajyot High School decided to increase the fees by 40%. About 200 parents protested against this move, parents of 10 students refused to pay the increase. Shortly after the students were expelled for "non-payment of fees and approaching the media and ruining the reputation of the school". Parents said they will not give up just yet.
Navi Mumbia, India: Only one day after the parents of the 10 students received a notice that their children will be expelled from Vishwajyot High School for not paying the increased fee, they announced to go on hunger strike, if the school authorities don't withdraw their decision.
Pune, India: ABVP, a student organisation in India and according to them the biggest in the world, called for a "bandh" (a strike action) in colleges across the city of Pune (with a population of about 3 mio) to protest the increasing commercialisation of education. As a result about 60 colleges remained closed for one day.
Santiago, Chile: About 8000 secondary school and university students as well as workers of the Ministry of Education took to the streets together. Some were detained after clashing with police forces, especially school students. Since many workers joined this protest, the police was less aggressive. Nontheless two students were badly injured by the police.
The following were the aims:
Source: El Ciudadano.cl (in Spanish)
Philippines: Youth group Anakbayan condemned the initially-proposed national budget for 2011, in which the University of the Philippines has received a staggering cut in its funding, while the Armed Forces of the Philippines is set to receive almost double the amount it received last year.
Guatemala City, Guatemala: Due to anti-democratic, repressive and privatisation measures 5 students at San Carlos University began a hunger strike. The university is still being occupied (since Aug.9th).
As Estudiantes Por la Autonomia (EPA) says: "Education for all! Public. Autonomous. For the common people. Estudiantes Por la Autonomia - the struggle continues!"
Puerto Rico: Teachers in Puerto Rico went on strike for 24 hours paralysing the whole public education system. Among other things they also aimed to express their rejection of the increasing privatisation tendencies with this action.
Costa Rica: Thousand protested and some buildings of the University of Costa Rica (UPR) were occupied in reaction to an agreement between the rectors of public universities and the government regarding a new budget for education in the coming years. The occupations ended three days later, after an agreement with the occupiers was reached.
Oakland, U.S.A.: The Oakland School Board announced to close down 7 early childhood education centers at 5pm. This is a reaction to the state de-funding of early childhood education programs since Sept. 01, 2010. Parents and teachers declared their commitment to keep the centers open. However, if the School Board is able to padlock the facilities this weekend, then teachers and parents will not be able to access the centers anymore.
In reaction to this situation and to keep the facilities accessable teachers, parents and other activists decided to occupy the space. At this stage it is unclear what happened afterwards. The last message on the website of the "Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary" (BAMN) was published at 5.45pm and says: "Police have surrounded and intend to focefully clear the occupiers out of GOLDEN GATE C.D.C. Community - support urgently needed."
Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Teachers protested for a minimum wage and against new laws pushing for the privatisation of education at the Pedagogical University. Gas canisters were fired at them and they were brutally assaulted by police forces.
Punjab, India: The Punjab Students' Union (PSU) called for a strike at three colleges within the province to protest against fee hikes and for concessions for students when travelling in private buses.
Tauranga, New Zealand: About 3000 parents, teachers and early childhood workers came together for a demonstration to protest massive cuts of public spending for early childhood education.
Of course the private sector will emerge as the big winner of this policy, as it always does when public spending is cut.
Andhra Pradesh, India: All India Student Federation staged a protest to have fees reimbursed.
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: Hundreds of students protested against the privatisation of hostels at the University KwaZulu-Natal. 16 activists were detained.
California, U.S.A.: Santa Monica College students made their feelings known about recent cuts to the California education funding by airing their grievances in a public protest that took place across the main college campus.
Orchestrated by the Student Worker Action Team (S.W.A.T.), a student organization actively opposed to further hikes in tuition costs, a small but vociferous band of protestors held aloft banners while calling out to students to rally against recent cuts to student services, rising tuition fees and cuts to the numbers of classes offered across Californian campuses.
Coming up next: "Global Wave of Action for Education" [Oct./Nov. 2010] - Get ready for it!
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