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Sussex House occupied, police attack students

March 4, 2010

Occupying the 'impenetrable' Sussex House

On Wednesday 3rd March, students demonstrated in solidarity with both university students (in occupations at UE and Westminster) and workers on Sussex campus – Wednesday was the UCU ballot result for strike action, where there was an 80.9% turnout of UCU members at Sussex (the highest turnout the UCU has ever seen) and a 76% vote for strike action.

The demonstration transformed into a brief occupation of Sussex House where 50 students occupied. Two minutes later, police arrived on campus. A demonstration was called outside Sussex House to show support to the students occupying and the response was 16 police vans, riot police with pepper spray, tasers and dogs. Police beat back students from demonstrating and occupying, threatening to release dogs and use pepper spray.

Police were caught on video attacking several protesters. There will be a demonstration against police violence at 14:00 tomorrow (Friday 5th March) in Library Square.

More info on the Defend Sussex blog.

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