A summary of the past and coming week in the local anti-fees and cuts movement.
The Past Week – Falmouth Protest Against the Cuts
Last Wednesday saw well over 100 students and activists take to the streets in Falmouth over cuts to education and the public sector. With speakers including prominent Cornwall Green Party member Howard Newlove and Socialist Party representative Tom Baldwin, the march proceeded through the streets and won huge support from local people, many who came out to see the demonstration.
The peaceful protest received plenty of press attention, starting on Falmouth moor and ending up near the maritime museum. Despite the cold weather, the mood was positive as students and others looked forward to the future growth of the Cornwall movement against fees and cuts.
Another extremely encouraging development was the focus of the event – not merely on tuition fees but now against all cuts to jobs and welfare, as students have begun to realise that only by working with unions, left-wing groups and community organisations can the coalition’s disastrous economic plans be defeated.
Other notable events in the week included Sarah Newton’s visit to students at Tremough campus and the demonstration outside County Hall in Truro which saw GMB, Unison, Labour activists, students and community campaigns come together, refusing to let the snow put them off. Outside of Cornwall, Exeter University was occupied on Wednesday by around 150 students following a march through the city. A large lecture theatre in the Peter Chalk centre was successfully occupied and remains so. Solidarity to them – a great result, especially after the takeover of the Stannary in Tremough Campus only a week or so before. Exeter Occupation blog and Facebook page.
The Week Ahead – Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance Launch Meeting and Truro Uncut Action Against Tax Dodger Phillip Green
The launch of a Cornwall-wide anti-cuts group will be on Wednesday in Truro School at 6:30pm, to discuss plans for the future of the resistance against the cuts, and aims to unite as many individuals and organisations as possible. March the Fury urges everyone opposed to the coalition’s plans to be there for this important first meeting.
On the 18th of December, as part of a national campaign by UK Uncut to pressure owner of Arcadia group Phillip Green to stop dodging millions in taxes, activists in Truro hope to shut down key tax-avoiding companies’ shops such as Vodafone, BHS, Boots and Topshop. Vodafone was recently let off a massive £6bn in taxes, at a time when huge cuts to public spending are affecting millions of people nationwide.
We will be meeting on Lemon Quay at 11am. Bring banners, placards and friends – let’s shut down the tax-dodgers.