Over the course of the past term, we have seen a big upturn in the student movement, with increasing numbers of students getting involved in campaigns, protests and occupations to oppose the Tories’ attacks on education and austerity. In particular this upturn of struggle has focused on supporting university staff’s fight for fair pay and opposing the government’s plans to sell off student debt to private companies.
The draconian response of university authorities and the police, seeking to clamp-down on this resurgence of student protest, must be condemned and opposed. It is little co-incidence that on the day that George Osborne announces he intends to sell off student loans to private companies, the police arrest over 40 peaceful student protesters in central London. This makes building the national week of action against the sell-off of the student loans in the New Year even more important.