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Protest: solidarity with victimised activists at Birmingham

June 23, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

In November, as part of a wave of occupations on campuses across the country, activists from Defend Education Birmingham occupied their University’s Senate Chamber for over a week. The University of Birmingham took 2 students to court, threatened them with up to £25,000 each in legal costs, obtained an injunction preventing students from occupying under threat of arrest and imprisonment and sent bailiffs, police and security in in an early morning raid to forcibly evict the occupation.

Despite over 100 students being involved at various points throughout the occupation, management have singled out 3 students – Simon Furse, Hattie Craig and Kelly Rogers – to face disciplinary action. They have been subjected to over 6 months of investigation, having to attend numerous interviews and respond to hundreds of pages of shaky, speculative and irrelevant “evidence”.

The investigation has finally culminated in a 3 day long disciplinary investigation on 20th, 23rd and 24th june. These hearings can decide to expel students from the university, but the university acts as judge jury and prosecution in the procedure, conviction is done on the balance of probabilities rather than beyond reasonable doubt, and the standards of evidence collection and presentation would be illegal in a real trial. The offences under the university’s disciplinary code are so wide that all students break them from time to time, and it allows the university to politically target those they don’t like. Students are not allowed to have any representation in the hearings, and are only allowed to bring a ‘friend’, who is not allowed to speak but only to advise.

We call on students from across the country to show their solidarity with these victimized activists by demonstrating outside their hearing on Monday 23rd June at 9am. Accommodation can be provided by activists in Birmingham and people are welcome to come and stay for the run up to and the duration of the hearing. Please comment below or email defendeducationbrum@gmail.com for accommodation. We might even throw a party when all this is over!”


June 23, 2014
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT United Kingdom