Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Bath Universities Blockaded in Support of Free Education

In support of Free Education, students from both Bath Spa University and University of Bath are blockading the entrances to both campuses as of 8.30am today.

With David Cameron masks, a £9000 toll booth sign and students blocking the road, the students intend to raise awareness to the issues surrounding student debt and tuition fees. The blockades are part of a national day of action, with other universities around the country also taking similar actions.

A statement from the students reads: “Education is a right, not a privilege. It is a public good that benefits society. Education pays for itself. We also can tax the big businesses that benefit from education, reduce military expenditure and/or clamp down on tax avoidance. The disruption we're causing is a small price to pay in comparison to the destruction of the education system. If we don't do something about it now then privatisation of education is only going to continue. We want universities and politicians to start taking this issue seriously.”

A march in support of free education will be taking place on Saturday 6th December at 12:30pm starting at the abbey.

Follow @stonestanding @Bath_Students @Occupy_Bath and @NCAFC_UK for updates.

These students have been left with no choice but to take direct action. They have marched, petitioned, campaigned and even voted against fees. The universities and our promise-breaking MP Don Foster (and his back-stabbing party) have let them down at every turn. Hopefully this and other actions throughout the country will once again bring this issue to the forefront.

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