Solidarity statement against state repression (with focus on recent death in Morocco)

The following statement was agreed on among participants of various global chat meetings.

Solidarity Statement Against State Repression
(with Focus on Recent Death in Morocco)

We want to express our support and solidarity with those suffering under and fighting against state repression, while struggling for free emancipatory education anywhere in this world. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of one of the most recent victims of state repression: Mohamed Fizazi.

Mohamed, a 22 year old student, passed away on January 26th 2013, after he had been beaten up when the police broke into the campus of Mohamed Ibn Abdellah University in Fès (Morocco). He was one of several students who were badly beaten by the savage and malicious "Quick Response Forces". Mohamed was then taken to the hospital where he died as a result of serious head injuries.

Mohamed was a member of the National Union of Students in Morocco in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. He was enrolled in the Department of English Literature, and was expected to graduate this year.

State repression is inherently linked to the struggle for emancipation, in its many shapes and colors. People worldwide are forced to endure anti-human behavior at the hands of the state every day whenever they begin to move and feel their chains. We categorically condemn state repression and stand in solidarity with students (and all others) scrutinizing the present system, asking critical questions and striving to formulate alternatives in the struggle for emancipation and so we call for those responsible to be held accountable.

Following this heinous attack by the Moroccan police, we would like to take a moment to emphasize the importance of solidarity on the local as well as global level, in the effort to highlight state repression of students ability to express their desires and participate in the formation of their futures. Historically, universities have been spaces set aside for expression, debate, discussion and reflection about it's own conception and the future of society. Therefore, any form of repressive intervention within this space is vowed to corrupt the school vocation and drastically reduce it's possibility to accomplish it's function. The tripartite agreement between superior education ministry, the interior ministry and justice ministry allow police intervention at any moment anywhere inside schools and university's. As the UECSE, union of students for the change of educational system, we condemn the brutal attempt taken by the Moroccan State to quiet social movement in places of education and divert education from it basic aims.

By signing this statement, you contribute to a sign of global solidarity and raise awareness of the structural function of state repression.

One World - One Struggle

P.S. for a few more details on the recent killing of Mohamed Fizazi: ism-global.net/RIPfizazi

P.P.S. to also coordinate practical solidarity in our struggle for free education, we suggest that you subscribe to the global ISM mailing list: lists.riseup.net/www/info/international_students_movement
To support this statement as a group/initiative or individual send a short note to: ism_admin@lists.riseup.net

-- ISM (global) Administration Collective

#1world1struggle

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So far this statement is being supported by:

Catta Yu-Hsuan Chou
Director of Transmovement Studio, Taiwan

Graduate Students' Association (GSA),
Concordia University, Montréal

Solidaires Etudiant-e-s, France

c/o Concordia University