15/09/2010 For IMMEDIATE RELEASE ST ANDREWS activists ascended up to the University's Main Library to freely display their message to the public...that is until authorities tear down their banner.
On the early morning of the 15th December activists climbed onto the Library and dropped a banner proclaiming, 'No Fee Increases!'' from the top floor. The banner is in direct response to the University's decision last night to raise tuition fees for part-time students by 40% and it highlights Louise Richardson's Office's statement on the Browne Report as an 'elegant solution.' It also comes with the wave of recent activities of the anti-cuts movement in St. Andrews including an occupation of Parliament Hall, a student sit-in in the Old Psychology Library, a general meeting of staff and students, a Students Association campaign and student and staff films, discussions and protesting year round.
With thanks to the botched Library Redevelopment Plan a small affinity group used ladders and scaffolding on the North side to get to the top floor balcony. After coming around to the front of the building, the banner was simply attached and dropped down. From there, a large banner in gorgeous black and red looks down onto the entrance and street for all to see.
St. Andrews University is for those who work with it and within it. Targeted fee rises against any student is unacceptable as it attacks the very components of this University. When an injury to one becomes an injury to all we feel compelled to act. Direct action gets the goods and if the University wishes to damage our education system and instigate cuts and fee rises, autonomous direct action will make the University impossible to run. Activists stressed their determination and hoped for others to act too.
We stand in solidarity with other students in resistance.
We support industrial action by staff.
We stand against cuts, job losses and fee rises in our education system.
We call for free education for all.
So, once more, from the back: ''No ifs! No buts! No education cuts!''