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Stop the protest ban at Sussex University
  • Petitioned Michael Farthing

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Vice Chancellor, Sussex University
Michael Farthing

Stop the protest ban at Sussex University

    1. Petition by

      Defend the Right to Protest

We, the undersigned, wish to express our solidarity with the struggle against the privatisation of 235 jobs and express our opposition to the decision of Sussex university management to impose an injunction which bans both protest and occupations on campus until September, thus effectively also criminalising the ongoing Bramber house occupation. 


It defies our essential and basic right to protest and of assembly, clearly violating the right of students, workers, and the wider community to express their opposition. This campaign is supported by thousands of people, both locally, nationally and international with a petition signed by over 5,000 people, and as was demonstrated yet again by the large numbers who mobilised for the national day of action on the 25th of March. The decision of management to ban the right to protest is an attempt to undermine the success of the campaign and occupation, and to yet again try and push through increasingly unpopular plans for privatisation.


Furthermore, we oppose the notion that Sussex university solely belongs to its management, as it also belongs to the students and staff who work, study and live there. Indeed, many of whom have expressed their concerns with the plans to outsource support staff.


We continue to support the protests and campaign against privatisation and call on the university management revoke this injunction and drop all attempts to criminalise the protestors and occupiers.


Initiated by Sussex Occupation and Defend the Right to Protest. Supported by Sussex University Students Union, Rob French UCU Branch Secretary, Maria Da Silva Education Officer Sussex SU, Dr Daniel Kane School of English Sussex Uni, William McEvoy School of English Sussex Uni, Ned Hercock School of English & UCU Exec Sussex Uni, Mark Thomas comedian, Billy Bragg, Matt Foot Lawyer, Nathan Bolton Essex SE President, Soren Goard Goldsmiths SU Education Officer, Tom Hickey Secretary UCU Brighton Uni & NEC, Jelena Timotijevic UCU Brighton branch & NEC , Laura Miles UCU NEC, Jim Wolfreys President KCL UCU, Bill Bowring School of Law, Birkbeck, Adam Gearey School of Law, Birkbeck 

Michael Farthing, Vice Chancellor, Sussex University
Michael Farthing, Sussex Uni VC

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    Reasons for signing

      • 6 months ago

      I studied at Sussex University many years ago. It was always an university where all opinions were tolerated. It was always a radical place. University are places where people should be free to think and develop ideas. Protest is a vital part of this process.

      Do not stifle disagreement.

      • 7 months ago

      Soutien à l'engagement politique et citoyen, lutte contre les addictions

    • Rebecca Massbery KENT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      Everyone deserves to express and peacefully protest!

      • 7 months ago

      Because such an injunction is a pathetic attempt at censorship. It actually makes me laugh at how moronic and futile it's existence is, but nevertheless, within the legal sphere this cannot stand.

    • Jay Espy BRONX, NY
      • 7 months ago

      I am a part of the struggle in New York to #SaveMSCC Save the Morales/Shakur Center at the City College of New York. #CCNY, which was illegally taken over by CCNY administration on Oct. 20th, 2013. We too have experienced the criminalization of dissent in the past month and a half. 2 CUNY students were also suspended for protesting and currently face criminal charges. We stand in solidarity with the students of Sussex University in the UK! peace n love from NYC! ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE! visit our website at http://defendmorales-shakur.org/


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