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From The Socialist newspaper, 31 March 2009
Shut down the university! The call went out loud and clear on the evening of 30 March. And it came from the management of the University of East London.
The aim is to stop the alternative summit planned for 1 April as a counterweight to the G20 a little further down the road at the ExCel centre on the following day.
Citing security fears, the announcement was made unilaterally, without any consultation with lecturers, staff or students that the whole university would be shut on 1 and 2 April. And, early in the morning of 31 March, security guards were in place checking people's IDs.
This is an attack on fundamental democratic rights. Authoritarian powers are being used to suppress opposition to the effects of the recession and the capitalist system responsible for it.
All that the establishment politicians and mainstream media bang on about is the alleged threat to the rich elite in society, the architects of the economic crisis ruining the lives of millions of people around the world.
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In The Socialist 31 March 2009:
The G20 leaders have no solution to the crisis...
Fight for a future!
Youth Fight for Jobs conference
Why I'm marching
The grim reality of job-hunting
G20 Summit: Capitalism facing 'make or break'
Free market system killing our planet
Bail out workers, not Wall Street!
Socialist Party workplace news
Visteon workers occupy Belfast factory
Construction workers' protests continue
Socialist stands in Aslef leadership elections
College teachers strike in Eastbourne
Unison needs a fighting leadership: Leeds City Council
Whipps Cross Hospital
Socialist Party Marxist analysis
Economic crisis turning into political action
Socialist Party election campaign
No2EU - Yes to Democracy
Dave Nellist on the Politics Show
Socialist Party campaigns
Poor hit by price rises
No to privatised polyclinics
Gordon Brown meets the bankers
Sack the bankers not the workers!
International socialist news and analysis
Now that the profits are drying up in the Indian software industry
Sweden: Socialist councillor viciously assaulted by Nazis
The Socialist 31 March 2009 |
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