On Wednesday 13 May students occupied part of the Manchester Business School, Manchester University.
They reclaimed the space, which was being redeveloped into a £50 million “executive education centre”, in protest at the Tories’ continuing marketisation in education.
The university has prevented anyone else entering the occupied area through aggressive security measures. Initially management were also preventing deliveries of food to the occupation, but backed down on this measure following after national media attention.
The University’s management are still refusing to let anyone into the occupation, betraying their alleged commitment to students’ right to protest and demonstrating their intention to contain to stifle dissent.
The occupiers’ demands express the desire for a “free, liberated and democratic university”, based on a programme of workers’ rights and taxing the rich.