This is a statement from the sit-in called by Warwick for Free Education, currently in Senate House. We are here following the Protest Summit, because despite the University’s commitment to the facilitation of peaceful protest on campus, the injunction costing tens of thousand pounds taken out by management in December last year remains in place. This means that any protest action that is seen to conform to the vague ‘occupation style’ definition indicated by the injunction is immediately banned.
The political voices of those involved in the December occupation have therefore been criminalized. The injunction enables the University to collaborate with police in prosecuting strategically selected individuals. We see this as a deliberate tactic that aims to divide and fracture the burgeoning Free Education student movement on campus. We are here to contest this practice and reclaim our marginalized voices in an act of direct education.