★ ISM - UK
"Warm-up Day of United Action"
Movements struggling against the increasing commercialisation and privatisation of public education are beginning to unite worldwide. To give people a "preview" of what is about to be expected in the coming week(s) [Education is NOT for $A£€ - Global Week of Action], some groups decided to unite in their struggle on Nov.5th, as part of the "Warm-up Day of United Action" already.
Report from activists in Split [received by mail]:
"With regard to Global day of action which took place on 5th of November, Independent students initiative for the right to free education from the University of Split (Croatia) held a mini-action in front of the building of Rectorate and Ministry of education (same building, different entrances). About 15 students gathered and stressed out two big banners which read "Knowledge is not a commodity" and "We study, they make profits out of it!". We blocked the entrance to the Ministry of education for about half an hour, distributed leaflets, sticked post-its with messages on the official tables, then we went to the entrance of the Rectorate where we waited for the Rector itself to show up. When he finally showed up, we demanded answers (he is the president of Croatian Rectors Collegium) because they said that in the next academic year education will be free for all freshmens, which leaves financial penalization for those who do not have enough ECTS during the rest of their studies. Only thing we heard from him was demagogical spins, so further actions will follow. Another blockade is planned soon in coordination with initiatives from other cities.
Solidarity greetings from Split!
One world, one struggle!"
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