Occupation Leaving Rally.

After nearly three weeks in the Brunei Suite, we have decided that the SOAS occupation has almost reached the end of its current stage.

During our time in occupation, the political landscape in Britain has changed dramatically. Our occupation has triggered a national wave of student occupations that have been successful in building a united student movement against fees, cuts and the abolition of EMA.

At SOAS, we have gained the support of a huge number of staff and students, and created a strong sense of a community committed to working together on the issues that face us all. Lectures, discussions and entertainment have been widely attended and have made the occupation a viable space for action and learning.

This occupation has shown itself to be a legitimate form of protest that is both effective and constructive. Management has in effect recognised this by failing to enforce a misguided school policy.

Yesterday’s vote, in which the government’s majority was reduced by three quarters, reflects the crisis that we have contributed to creating for this government. The vote signals the beginning of our struggle, not the end. We will push on to campaign for an open, equal and diverse education system in the same spirit as has been the nature of the occupation so far. Open and inclusive meetings, actions and protests, demanding an engaged and vibrant education for everyone, are under way.

We encourage students and staff to inaugurate mass departmental/faculty meetings to discuss our education together, and to join with the future activities of the occupiers.

To wrap up proceedings in the Brunei Suite, we hereby invite you to:

Monday 12.30pm (in Brunei Suite)
Leaving at 1pm sharp

Come along and share your experiences, show your support, and prepare for the next step!


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4 Responses to Occupation Leaving Rally.

  1. richard connor says:


    I was wondering why you are leaving now considering the school has not capitulated to your demands? A lot of staff and students are on your side (including myself a library staff member) and many other occupations are looking to soas for guidance- especially since UCL are still occupied. If you go now then whats to stop management promoting this as their victory?



  2. Dear Richard,

    This isn’t the end. Management have not won, they have just lost all of our respect. We’ll be back next term, all the other occupations are ending we are in constant touch with them to keep the movement national.

    Hope to see you at the leaving rally.

    SOAS Occupation

  3. I am sorry to hear of this. I had hoped the occupation(s) would keep going to build a base of support for other groups of particularly public sector people who are going to be thrown into conflict with the government as it continues its slash and burn policies. Also, means I never got a chance to come and talk to you like some other academics did!

  4. Arianna says:

    Dear Patrick,
    as one of the occupiers, I understand your feelings about it, but I can assure you that this is by no means the end of our movement, nor of the wave of occupations around the country. it’s just a temporary break to regain forces after what have been the most tiring weeks of our lives, think of a way forward for the movement and come back in January stronger and more organised than before, ready to start a new chapter. I, too, hope to see the students’ movement joining forces with all the other sections of society affected by the cuts, and I don’t think that the end of this particular wave of occupations will mean that this will not be the case anymore. I am actually really confident that we’ll start seeing more occupations, and hopefully not only in universities this time round!
    also, you will always be welcome to come and talk to us students here at SOAS. i’m sorry there wasn’t a chance to organise it this time, but if you’re interested, we could surely arrange something for the new year, I’m sure everyone would greatly appreciate it!
    in solidarity

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