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Last Wednesday over 3000 students and university staff gathered outside the University of London Union (ULU) to protest against the previous week’s heavy handed police response to the student occupation of Senate House and the well-attended #copsoffcampus demonstration that followed, which between them saw the arrest of 42 people. The protesters marched past Senate House and through the cluster of University of London (UoL) campuses in Bloomsbury. A sizeable contingent later made their way to the Royal Courts of Justice, where an inquest into the alleged murder of Mark Duggan by the Metropolitan Police was underway.
The original occupation of Senate House was launched off the back of the recent victory of the 3Cosas campaign for outsourced cleaners at UoL, in which concessions over holiday and sick pay conditions were won. The Senate House occupiers, however, had a list of ten demands that went well beyond attaining the ‘third cosas’ (pensions) and included, amongst others, that UoL reverses the decision to close ULU, that the pay ratio between the lowest paid and the highest paid staff at UoL should be reduced to a maximum of 10:1, and that the University make a public statement opposing the privatisation of student loans.
Wednesday’s demonstration, although sparked by the presence and actions of police on campus, was the culmination of a year long industrial dispute, growing student dissatisfaction with the privatisation of education and the decision to close ULU. The recent surge of occupations at universities throughout the UK and the size and vibrancy of the #copsoffcampus protest has caused some to remark on the growth of a new student movement.
Below is a selection of the best video reports from the demonstration:
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Liberal elites are using Russian interference to minimise their own political failures, writes Matt Turner
Nick Dearden from Global Justice Now argues that after years of colonial domination and dodgy trade deals, the UK must make amends and support Zimbabwe in this uncertain time.
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Activists are defending land, life and water from the global mining industry. Tatiana Garavito, Sebastian Ordoñez and Hannibal Rhoades investigate.
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Labour Party laws are being used to quash dissent
Richard Kuper writes that Labour's authorities are more concerned with suppressing pro-Palestine activism than with actually tackling antisemitism
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Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte argue that Catalonia's independence movement is driven by solidarity – and resistance to far-right Spanish nationalists
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The tabloid press claims to be an authentic voice of the working class - but it's run by and for the elites, writes Matt Thompson
As London City Airport turns 30, let’s imagine a world without it
London City Airport has faced resistance for its entire lifetime, writes Ali Tamlit – and some day soon we will win
The first world war sowed the seeds of the Russian revolution
An excerpt from 'October', China Mieville's book revisiting the story of the Russian Revolution
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David Renton reviews the Migration Museum's latest exhibition
#MeToo is necessary – but I’m sick of having to prove my humanity
Women are expected to reveal personal trauma to be taken seriously, writes Eleanor Penny