The local movement against fees and cuts got another boost last week when UDB (Union Démocratique Bretonne), Brittany’s largest autonomist party, came out in support of students in Cornwall fighting the massive cuts to the public sector.
In a statement on their website, the group working for greater Breton independence said ‘the UDB youth division fully support the actions taken by Cornwall’s students in Falmouth, Truro and elsewhere’ in recent months against the rise in tuition fees and education cuts. The news comes at a time when the national movement has been receiving support and solidarity from Iran, Mexico and Argentina youth organisations and unions.
The solidarity with Breton students is warmly received, and shows the level of broadening international support for the student movement in Britain. Though the UDB and Cornwall’s anti-fees movement differ in terms of overall aims (free and universal education/greater regional autonomy), we share the same belief in social justice, equality, and putting people before profit.
The call of Cornwall’s students against the cuts is overwhelmingly this:
Fight the attacks on the working class and young people across Europe – unite for the future of our generation and take the struggle to the streets. We reject the hypocrisy of the rich telling us to tighten our belts, we refuse to allow millionaires to slash our jobs, our welfare and our public services. This is a message that will be heard more and more across Europe over the coming months: we won’t pay for a crisis a tiny privileged elite caused.
For our celtic comrades across the channel: Liberté, égalité, fraternité!
Thanks to Philip Hoskins at the Cornish Republican blog for letting us know about this. UDB is Mebyon Kernow’s sister party.