Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/460/1668

From The Socialist newspaper, 26 October 2006

No to attacks on democratic rights

LAST WEEK the guardian reported on a leaked government draft document that "urged universities to spy on 'Asian-looking' students". Universities will be told to inform on students to Special Branch because the government believes campuses have become "fertile recruiting grounds" for extremists.

Campuses should be a forum for discussion and debate, but increasingly the 'anti-terrorist' measures are being used to divide students and to prevent protest. It is unlikely to be effective in checking the tiny minority whose anger against the government's foreign and domestic policies leads them to the mistaken methods of terrorism.

Socialist Students, with the vast majority of students including Muslims, completely oppose terrorism. We need to build a mass movement to unite all sections of the community, especially through the trades unions, to oppose war, racism and terror.

The document represents another attack on students' rights on campus, alongside the new proposals on good behaviour contracts and clocking-in systems, and comes at a time when the Muslim community is facing increased government attacks over the veil.

Socialist Students opposes the racist policies of "profiling" of Asian students and the clampdown on democratic rights on campuses. This legislation can also be used against all students who want to organise opposition to the government's policies of war and privatisation.

The document claims that Islamic societies at universities have become increasingly political in recent years and discusses monitoring their leaflets and speakers. However, students in general have become increasingly political with more and more participating in the anti-war movement and angry with other government policies of fees and privatisation.

Students are not alone with 61% of voters saying they want British troops to leave this year. Blair and Co. respond to the anger against the war by whipping up racism against Muslims and clamping down on our civil liberties such as the ban on protests within a kilometre of parliament.

This document represents an attack on students' rights to be political and to organise politically. The National Union of Students (NUS) has criticised the government draft but puts forward no programme for defending students or for building a movement against war and against fees and student poverty.

Socialist Students members from all over England and Wales marched on the anti-war demo at the Labour Party conference and will be organising meetings and protests under the slogans of "no to war, terror and racism and defend our democratic rights".

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 26 October 2006:

Unite and fight to save the NHS

The battle to defend the health service

How can we build an effective campaign to defend the NHS?

A socialist programme for the NHS

Protests force partial retreat from cuts

Marching for the NHS in Torquay

"Action to defend our birthright"

Sack the bosses not the nurses


Socialist Students

Students join the fightback

No to attacks on democratic rights

Chilean students fight Pinochet's legacy


Socialism 2006

Rally for socialism!

NHS SOS


Workplace analysis

How can the trade unions regain their strength?

Trade Union Freedom Bill

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

'Single status' battle continues

How to build a trade union in your workplace

Furious parents turn on councillors


War and terrorism

Bloody chaos in Iraq shatters US war strategy

Sri Lanka: Is peace possible?


 

Home   |   The Socialist 26 October 2006   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Democratic rights:

triangleSpain: 'We don't want to be brave, we want to be free!'

triangleWorkers' protests against state repression in China and Hong Kong

triangleOutrageous sentence for TUSC agent in 'misleading electors' court case

triangleMay's silence is a green light for Chinese repression

triangleStop repression in Hong Kong and China

Students:

triangleCampaigning in Southampton for school and college walkouts when Trump visits Britain on 13th July

triangleHow 'Prevent' training fosters racist paranoia

triangleStop Trump! Build for 13 July student walkouts

triangleMay 1968: 'Communist' leaders hand power back to defeated bosses

War:

triangleNo to Trump's trade war

triangleExclusive interview with Gazan activist: "The more they kill us, the more the anger increases"

triangleMiddle East in crisis

Racism:

triangleFive reasons to walk out on 13 July

triangleBlack Country Socialist Party: How can we build the fight against the Tories' and Trump's racism?

Universities:

triangleCongress shut down by staff walkouts

Socialist Students:

triangleSocialist Party members inspired by revolutionary events

Anti-terrorist:

triangleStop the "elites fortifying their power"

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

20/6/18

Derby

Rolls-Royce: fight all job cuts!

20/6/18

Grenfell Tower

Grenfell disaster: one year on, still no prosecutions, still no adequate housing..

20/6/18

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity Day: intense, lively, thought-provoking

20/6/18

DWP

DWP surrenders to union pressure - now vote Yes to smash pay cap for everyone

20/6/18

Orgreave

Orgreave - no justice, no peace

20/6/18

Knowsley

Knowsley council pushed back on cuts and privatisation

20/6/18

Cuts

Wrenford centre: Stop heartless Tory cuts

20/6/18

Leeds

Leeds: Disability campaigners force council to retreat

20/6/18

Socialist Party

Organisers' school - an opportunity to educate and discuss

20/6/18

National Shop Stewards Network

Unite agrees NSSN affiliation - come to the NSSN conference!

20/6/18

NHS

Yorks NHS workers fight outsourcing

20/6/18

Rail

Northern Rail strike reaches 21 days of action to save guards

20/6/18

BFAWU

McStrikers and young workers take centre stage at bakers' union 2018 conference

20/6/18

GMB

GMB union: NHS reps reject Tory pay offer

20/6/18

The Socialist

How do we produce the Socialist?

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999