Thursday, October 29, 2009

Austrian Universities Occupied: Education is not for Sale!

A number of universities were occupied recently in Austria. The students protest against higher fees for education.
Some information and the video can be found here:

And here is a message from Mo Gas I have got recently:

Dear all,

I am part of the student representative body at the Philipps University in Marburg and initiator of the independent platform "International Student Movement" (ISM).
It is great to see this group grow and reaching almost 5.000 members within just a few days.
Please keep inviting people. It inspires the occupiers and helps to spread the global perspective of the struggle.


University of Vienna (Austria) is occupied
University of Graz (Austria) is occupied
University of Klagenfurt (Austria) is occupied
University of Linz (Austria) is occupied
Academyof Fine Art in Vienna (Austria) is occupied
Technical University of Graz (Austria) is occupied
Technical University of Vienna (Austria) is occupied

Demonstrations are scheduled to take place across the country today [28/10].

We have a VERY unique situation right now:

Protestes are spreading across Austria, groups are preparing protests across Germany [esp. on Nov.17th], Italy [esp. on Nov.17th], the U.S. of A. [especially on Nov.10th; 2 buildings of the University of California (Santa Cruz) are still occupied], Canada [esp. on Nov.5th], Croatia [to begin soon] and in Bosnia Herzigovina [warming up already].

Further protests are expected in Ireland, Nepal, Bulgaria, Marocco, [f.Y.R.o.] Macedonia, the UK, Switzerland, Indonesia, Spain, Bangladesh and elsewhere in the coming month.

Most of the actions will also be part of the
"Education is NOT for $A£€ - Global Week of Action", which is called for by 60 groups in 24 countries on the independent platform "International Student Movement".

We must free public education from economic interests!!

Our struggle for FREE and EMANCIPATORY public Education [and against the increasing commercialisation and privatisation] can only be won, if we unite globally!!

Therefore I ask ALL of you to consider to JOIN the struggle on an international level by joining this Global Week of Action!

Show locally, that this struggle is GLOBAL!!

The infrastructure is there! We just need to make use of it!

Just drop me a line, if you have any questions or suggestions in connection with the ISM or the Global Week of Action.

~ One World - One Struggle ~

In Solidarity,

PS: Please also sign & spread the "International Petition for Free and Emancipatory public Education":

PPS: JOIN the "United Video Project":

PPPS: Consider to join an international "video-conference" on Nov.5th:

More information:

Regular updates are here
see also:

5 hours ago a message went out "More than 40.000 people protested in support of the occupations and for Free public Education in Vienna (Austria) tonight!!"

Anarcho-syndicalists involved in this struggle have an article here

other links:

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