segunda-feira, 13 de dezembro de 2010

Notícas dos protestos no Reino Unido

Através do blogue o tempo das cerejas (e também aqui) cheguei às seguinte notícias:

15-Year-Old Protester Goes Off On British Establishment
British students protesting tuition hike fees at national universities now have a viral video to rally around: a rousing address given by a 15-year-old slamming the nation's government.

The impassioned plea was made at the Coalition of Resistance National Conference in Camden, U.K., on Nov. 27, a youth, students and education workshop.

The teenager admits at the beginning that he may be in detention in a week and his school might not like it, but he feels he needs to speak his mind.

He builds up to this sequence toward the end of the video: "They can't stop us demonstrating, they can't stop us fighting back, and how ever much they try to imprison us in the streets of London, those are our streets. We will always be there to demonstate, we will always be there to fight."

He adds, "We are no longer that generation that doesn't care, we are no longer that generation to sit back and take whatever they give us. We are now the generation at the heart of the fight back."

Ele referia-se a uma manifestação que aconteceu em Londres no início de Novembro. Os protestantes, incluindo estudantes do ensino superior e do secundário (!!!), protestavam contra o plano do governo de aumento de propinas no Ensino Superior (para 3 vezes mais!!!).

Thousands Of UK Students Protest Tuition Fees Hike

LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands of students marched through London on Wednesday against plans to triple university tuition fees, and violence erupted as a minority battled police and trashed a building containing the headquarters of the governing Conservative Party.

Organizers said 50,000 students, lecturers and supporters demonstrated against plans to raise the cost of studying at a university to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year – three times the current rate – in the largest street protest yet against the government's sweeping austerity measures.

As the march passed a high-rise building that houses Conservative headquarters, some protesters smashed windows as others lit a bonfire of placards outside the building.

Office workers were evacuated as several dozen demonstrators managed to get into the lobby, scattering furniture, smashing CCTV cameras, spraying graffiti and chanting "Tories Out," while outside police faced off against a crowd that occasionally hurled food, soda cans and placards.

"We are destroying the building just like they are destroying our chances of affording higher education," said Corin Parkin, 20, a student at London's City University.

The violence appeared to be carried out by a small group as hundreds of others stood and watched. Anarchist symbols and the words "Tory scum" were spray-painted around the building, and black and red flags flew from atop an office block beside the 29-story Millbank Tower.

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