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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 February 2007

NUS backs Campaign to Defeat Fees

MASS ACTION CAN DEFEAT FEES

Join the national day of protest on 22 February

The National Union of Students (NUS), representing five million members, has published a message of support for the Campaign to Defeat Fees (CDF), and is backing the protests on 22 February!

Ben Robinson International Socialist Resistance national co-ordinator

The NUS has the potential to build a mass campaign for free education - so far it hasn't done what is needed but the key task now is to organise action in every area and build support for the protests that are already planned.

From Durham to Southampton, Swansea to Ipswich, students have been protesting over fees - 3,000 every year added to students' debt. Socialist Student members, and others who are involved in the Campaign to Defeat Fees, have met students who are angry about fees, and want to join in and fight the attacks that we face against our education.

On 22 February, Brighton Socialist Students and some of the Brighton students' unions have organised a demonstration through their city. In London, there will be a Campaign to Defeat Fees protest outside Downing Street at 5pm - students from across London will be coming together and showing Tony Blair and Gordon Brown what we think of their policies, which close the door on university to thousands of young people. We will be calling for free education for all, and no to cuts, closures and privatisation.

In Cardiff, students are planning protests on 7 and 22 February (see box). Other protests are being planned up and down the country, see www.socialiststudents.org.uk for more details.

It will be mass action that will have the biggest effect on MPs whose anti-youth, anti-working class, warmongering policies have incurred the hatred of millions across the country. It is the only way that we can make our voices heard, against fees, against rent prices, against rising canteen prices, against debt, against low pay and against the other attacks that we face.

If you want to join the actions, add your voice to those already protesting, get involved in the Campaign to Defeat Fees now!

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In The Socialist 1 February 2007:

Private hands off our health service

NHS: Protests must reflect people's anger

NHS union attacked in Brighton


Workplace news

Striking for jobs and services

BA bosses make concessions


Socialist Students

Mass action can defeat fees

Building for the protests


Socialist Party news and analysis

Gay adoption: Christian hierarchy attacks equal rights

Reid's prison disaster

Review: Silent Accomplice


Northern Ireland

Sinn Fein's major U-turn


War and terrorism

Iraq - build for 24 February demo

Lewisham leads the way


International socialist news and analysis

CWI rally: An inspiring international meeting

CWI World Congress: Building the forces of socialism worldwide

Sri Lanka: Defend socialists under attack

Bolivia: Mass protests demand right-wing Prefect's resignation


Workplace news

Power industry: Fight this victimisation

Sacked electricians fight on

BP condemned over safety standards

Support the Unique Care workers

Southampton care workers on strike

National meeting on Single Status


 

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