‘Occupy’ movement reborn in Sussex University battle

A campaigner, wearing an annonymous mask, from the Occupy Bath protest group sits in front of Bath's Grade 1 Royal Crescent on November 17, 2012. Credit: Getty Images
A campaigner, wearing an annonymous mask, from the Occupy Bath protest group sits in front of Bath’s Grade 1 Royal Crescent on November 17, 2012.
Credit: Getty Images

They came from 20 universities across the country, and the banners spanned languages from Greek to Arabic. Free buses poured in from London and many arrived the night before, for one of Britain’s largest protests in recent years and a reminder that the Occupy movement is still alive.

For almost two months, students have occupied the conference room of a Sussex University administration building, resisting regular attempts to evict them. On Monday, they were joined by over 2,000 supporters, and the nominal cause – opposing 235 staff job cuts at the university – became an agenda for a new national protest movement.

It was also about “f***ing s**t up” according to some of the advance publicity, and a march through campus quickly turned nasty. A building where the much-maligned university vice-chancellor was rumored to be was surrounded and masked youths scaled the roof and lit flares. The glass doors were smashed and equipment set ablaze. As police arrived, the crowd pushed them back chanting, “Off our campus!”, and forced them into retreat. “Lots of Occupy Sussex were happy to talk today,” a spokesman said afterwards. “Sadly there were also others who had a very different agenda.”

The thousand-strong crowd then proceeded to the occupation site, which had been abandoned by security. Activists tore down barriers into new areas of the building, smashing CCTV cameras and placing door-blocks. When the whole building was “under student control”, a general assembly using Occupy meeting rules was swiftly convened.

In a celebratory atmosphere, a proposal for a national student strike was approved, as well as wide-scale disruptive action. “We hope this can be a spark to re-ignite the fight back,” Occupier Zoe told Metro. “Apathy has gone too far and now we want this spirit to spread to other universities.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.