More actions from around the world

November 19, 2009 at 3:10 am Leave a comment

:: Switzerland ::
  • Demonstration in Geneva with 250 people; good spirit and noisy. After the protest they attempted to occupy a lecture hall, but the majority inside the hall reject to squat it.
    For thursday [Nov.19th] a big plenary meeting is planned!
  • 300 – 400 people began to occupy a lecture hall at the University of Bern.
  • 500 students in Zürich began to occupy a lecture hall today, after staging a “Bologna kindergarten” in front of the uni. All seminars inside the largest lecture hall of the university were cancelled in advance by the administration as a measure to prevent students from squatting a space.
    [Students in Basel have been squatting lecture halls at their university for the past few days already.]

:: Germany ::
  • 90,000 lecturers, pupils, students, parents and workers across Germany protested against the increasing commercialisation and privatisation (as well as the implmentation of the “Bologna Process”) today.
  • 3,000 protesters on a demonstration in Essen; police attacks demonstration:154 temporary arrests []
  • Further demonstrations took place in the following cities (with the number of protesters in brackets): Aachen (2,000; pix), Wiesbaden (10,000), Berlin (25,000;, Heidelberg (2,500), Munich (10,000), Mainz (3,000), Darmstadt (500), Osnabrück (2,000; pix), Düsseldorf (4,000), Potsdam (1,000), Jena (1,500), Bonn (2,500), Bochum (700), Hannover (1,000), Cologne (3,000, pix), Regensburg (1,000), Freiburg (5,000; report), Karlsruhe (500), Duisburg/Essen (3,000) and Nürnberg (5,000) = a total of ~ 83,200 protesters
  • Lecture halls were occupied by students today in Germany at the following institutions: College of Education in Weingarten, Georg-Simon-Ohm University of Applied Sciences (Erlangen; pix), University of Nürnberg-Erlangen (largest lecture hall “Audimax” in Erlangen), University of Applied Sciences in Kaiserslautern, University of Bonn [but evicted by police force shortly after tonight; pix], University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, University of Augsburg [pix], University of Erfurt, University of Münster [re-occupied after eviction on Nov.6th], University of Jena [although police was using pepper spray on campus], Academy of Fine Arts in Nürnberg, University of Passau, University of Paderborn, University of Cologne, University of Tübingen [re-occupied after eviction on Nov.11th], University of Trier, Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg, University of Karlsruhe, University of Siegen, Technical University of Braunschweig and Academy of Arts in Braunschweig


:: U.S. of A. ::
  • Strike continued at the University of Illinois:
  • Message recieved by email earlier today:
    “This is just to let you know that there was a student demonstration and rally protesting state budget cuts to education and tuition hikes at the City College of New York today. Sponsoring organization was Students Educational Rights.”
  • Further reports from other cities are expected soon.

:: Italy ::
  • According to Unione degli Studenti (UdS) 150,000 pupils and students in more than 50 cities across Italy took to the streets to protest education reforms and the increasing commercialisation and privatisation of public education.
  • The following list of cities (and number of protesters in brackets) was published by UdS: Rome (10,000), Turin (15,000), Genoa (5,000), Naples (10,000), Bari (7,000), Lecce (2,000), Florence (3,000), Cosenza (3,000), Salerno (8,000) and many other cities.
  • News report on protests in Milan and Turin [in Italian]:

:: Indonesia ::
  • Various groups united under the name “Gerbang Revolusi Makassar” protesting during a demonstration together in Makassar (South Sulawesi).
  • Reports from other cities in Indonesia are expected soon!

:: Austria ::
  • 2,000 people gathered at a rally in Vienna.
    There were general assemblies in more than 20 institutions within the University of Vienna.
    Apparently close to 300,000 people gathered across Europe to protest for free and emancipatory public education!
  • Smaller protest actions took place in various other cities like Linz, Innsbruck and Graz [setting up huge banners; street theatre (auctioning lecturers; pix), disrupting a meeting of local politicians and distributing leaflets, presenting demands during a cabaret show].


:: France ::
  • Pupils in more than 26 cities across France were involved in Demonstrations. Close to 3.000 high schools were involved.
  • The following list of cities (and number of protesters in brackets) was published by “Front de Lutte pour l’Education“: Rouen (1,000), Grenoble (500), Rennes (400), Quimper (250), Dimard (150), and many more. Further details are expected soon.
  • Bigger protests are expected on Nov.24th, when students and pupils unite in their actions.


:: Poland ::
  • The following report was sent in by mail:
    “At Gdansk University today (17.11) a rally was held to celebrate the International Student’s Day and to protest against changes planned by the government. The proposed changes include further cuts on education spenditure, introduction of official corporate sponsorship over public education facilities, and extending tuition fees (now in function only for extramurals) onto s.c. stationary studies. The rally was concieved by Democratic Students Association and was joined by anarchist students from the OKUPE Comitee and other supporters of free education and education-related debate. We visited several faculties of the University as well as the Uni Library, calling fellow students for getting organised, and indicating our conception of education as a common wealth and not an object of commercial trade. Some of the listeners actually came to talk to us on politics, which unfortunately is already a big success, while the University Administration got us spied on by their guards. A press release in Polish is on the OKUPE website:

Further reports from other cities are expected to be available soon.


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