Solidarity to students at #copsoffcampus

9 Dec 2013

Students must have the right to protest on their campuses. In the week when Nelson Mandela died the #copsoffcampus protests hold even more significance, with student protest having played a key role in the 1980s in supporting his anti-apartheid movement.

copsoffcampus message

Channel 4 news feature on last week’s student arrests at ULU

People & Planet is concerned that students’ right to peaceful protest is under threat from increasingly harsh and violent policing and intimidation tactics from campus security services. We believe passionately in everyone’s right to protest and in peaceful direct action as a legitimate and effective tactic in the struggle for environmental justice and human rights.

Students have played a pivotal role in recent and past struggles against inequality and injustice at all levels. Whether protesting about cuts, fees, fossil fuel investment or workers rights locally or internationally, students around the UK today are leading a resurgence in peaceful direct action and creative activism around the UK that should be welcomed and supported, not feared by university management.

In response to disproportionate policing seen last week at the University of London, a #copsoffcampus national day of action has been called for this Wednesday. Over 3000 students are expected to take part, reflecting the wide spread feeling on campus from Ulster to ULU that students are having their right to protest threatened by criticism-shy university management and disproportionate policing.

As Britain’s leading student activism network on social, economic and environmental justice issues, People & Planet stands in solidarity with the student organisers arrested and subject to police violence.

People & Planet has a long history of supporting student activists and we can run workshops on non-violent direct action and loads of other campaign skills for student groups. In light of recent developments we are redoubling our efforts to train students with the knowledge about their rights and the skills needed to use peaceful direct action as an effective form of protest.