Occupation

It’s been busy.

The Cambridge student movement has exploded this last fortnight, with protests and occupations all over. The ongoing star is the Old Schools Occupation where students have taken over the Common Room of the University’s administrative hub, demanding action from the University against the impending cuts to education and creating a new political space open to all. It’s an amazing room, brimming with ideas, music and food, and it’s got stunning popular support, with most local media on side and kind strangers bringing food daily. We had a ceilidh too.

(And so compare this with a week before, where the prospect of protesters on the lawn outside was considered such an affront that the police had to arrest someone to, unsuccessfully, discourage people.

Of course it was me got singled out. I don’t think I’ll be talking about the details yet, but I’m fighting the charge of obstruction since the arrest was unfair and illegal. I’m sad the image isn’t about the energy of the occupation. The trial’s on Valentine’s Day)

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