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Support Gaza - Support the Student Occupations

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Support Gaza - Support the Student Occupations

Some Messages of Support for the ManUni Occupation

Say No to the Extradition to the US of Seán Garland

No to the Extradition from Ireland to the US of Seán Garland!

Message of Support from International Communist Workers Parties

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Support Gaza - Support the Student Occupations

A national student protest is taking place in Manchester on Wednesday, 4th March, at 2pm, assembling at the University of Manchester Students Union in Oxford Road.

{short description of image} The national demonstration has been called in support of the student occupations at colleges and universities through the country which are expressing support for the Palestinian people and their right to be. The demonstration will have representation from many different Universities, Colleges and Schools.

Students in Manchester, the biggest university in Britain, have been in occupation for almost four weeks now, yet the University has so far refused to negotiate with them. The University still invests in the arms trade, leading to some students taking action to disrupt a DSTL stall (DSTL is an agency of the Ministry of Defence) at an official graduate recruitment fair.

The Vice Chancellor Alan Gilbert has threatened expulsion for students who are involved.

The Manchester students' demands are in line with current Union policy having received an overwhelming majority at an Emergency General Meeting, attended by over 1,100 students. The students are pointing out that all eyes are on Manchester, and that the success of the occupation here is critical to the success of the national movement.

The students' demands are just and must be met. A full list of the demands can be found at here,

We call on all students to join the national demonstration!

Support Gaza - Support the Student occupations

National student protest - Manchester
Wednesday 4th March - 2pm
University of Manchester Students Union

Support us by:
- Mobilise people for the protest on Wednesday.
- Publicise this demo, via mailing lists, blogs, websites, etc.
- Email the Vice Chancellor (president@manchester.ac.uk) demanding him to negotiate with us.

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Some Messages of Support for the ManUni Occupation

Message of Solidarity from An-Najah University

Dear fellow students of Manchester University,

The Student Council of An-Najah National University extends its sincerest thanks and appreciation for the courageous and principled action you have taken in solidarity with our people in Gaza. This non-violent action to pressure the administration of your university to take a more proactive stance to condemn Israeli aggression on Gaza reminds us, as an oppressed people, that we are not alone in our fight for freedom and justice. The demands that you have articulated for the ‘occupation’ you have staged express a new level of practical solidarity with the Palestinian people in their fight against Israeli oppression. Your move demonstrates great awareness, an awareness that arose despite of media biases and unjust portrayal of the conflict. You have proven to everyone that those who seek the truth shall find the truth, no matter how misleading propaganda is, or how unjust governments are.

We are indeed inspired and comforted to know that there are such extraordinary young men and women, who believe and strive for justice, and are willing to stand in the frontlines to defend it. We highly appreciate what you are doing, and your efforts shall certainly be remembered. You have our utmost respect, and ‘inshAllah’ all of your demands will be met!

In solidarity and with a great sense of appreciation we salute you from An-Najah National University in the besieged city of Nablus.

The Student Council of An-Najah National University

A message of support from The Islamic University of Gaza

Dear fellow students of Manchester University,

We would like to express our sincere thanks and deep appreciation for all your conscious efforts, endeavours and demands to support the right to education, justice and freedom in Palestine.

We wholeheartedly support your peaceful protests against the blanket bombing of Gaza in general and the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) in particular which suffered extensive destruction and damage to all its buildings, academic facilities. Additionally more than 20,000 students, whose families have been agonizing from the suffocating siege of Gaza, have lost some members of their families and many others have lost their houses.

With great respect and admiration, we have been following all activities taking place in 19 British universities. Your brave campaign has strengthened both our hope and will that we are not alone in this just battle against unprecedented blatant injustices and flagrant violation of human rights in Palestine.

We are absolutely proud of you all and proud of your solidarity and support campaign for the right to education in Palestine which gives us bright light in the heart of the military occupation darkness.

We wish you full success in your supportive campaign and in achieving all your sensible demands which show a high level of awareness and commitment to defend basic human rights in Gaza at a time of obvious media bias and hypocrisy of many governments.

We hope to cooperate with you soon to establish mutual academic cooperation between our academic institutions. In this regard, we confirm our high interest and strong willingness to provide you with any information, facts, plans, courses, etc related to your practical demands.

In solidarity with Manchester university students in Occupation

Dr Kamalain Sha’ath
President, The Islamic University of Gaza
Tel: 970 8 282 3310
Fax: 970 8 286 3552
Website: http://www.iugaza.edu.ps/en/

Lecturers support Gaza and occupying students

Statement of support for student occupations over Gaza from members of the UCU union NEC

As members of the University and College Union National Executive Committee, we would like to send solidarity greetings to the students in the 17 universities who have occupied their universities in protest over the Gaza crisis. This is the largest wave of occupations for over a quarter of a century. Too often, the media seek to portray this generation of students as ones who do not share the aspirations of the 1968 generation - and deride you as, -Generation Apathy-. Your actions have decisively dispelled this myth.

Your demands to secure disinvestment by universities from companies involved in selling arms to Israel and free scholarships for students from Gaza show your humanity. You speak for the millions of young people throughout the world who are sick and tired of war and injustice, who simply desire a world in which the young grow up not knowing what it is like to kill and maim.

You are an inspiration to us all and we wish you every success and call upon all those who want a more peaceful world to support your action.

Message of support from Goldsmiths SU

To all our fellow students in occupation,

From South East London, we give are whole and unconditional support to your inspiring occupation in support of Gaza. The action you are taking at present is not just important for your university, but also to ours as well. Since the beginning of last year we have been campaigning to get scholarships for our twin university in Palestine, Al Quds Open University. For so long our Warden (Vice-Chancellor) has ignored or patronised us over this issue, but now he has called senior mangement talks over the scholarships and circulated emails to staff on how to deal with occupations! So when we do finally win these scholarships (and we will) it is as much through the efforts of your solidarity work (and the dozens of other solidarity occupations) as it has been ours. So, on behalf of us all, best luck and you have our full support and will be ready to act in any way we can to support your occupation.

Long Live Palestine!

From, Goldsmiths' Students' Union

Support from Queen Mary's occupation

Greetings from Queen Mary's

Well done on your Occupation. We've just finised ours today (http://www.queenmaryoccupation.blogspot.com). On behalf of QM, I would like to give you are full support. Keep it up!

Contact us if you need any further support, and keep us updated so we can add it on our blog.

Wish you all the good luck

Queen Mary Occupation

Support from Nottingham University occupation

Best of luck in your occupation and acheiving your demands! I hope that it yields a more constructive response from the university authorities to address the crisis in Gaza. I also hope that as a national student body we can maintain this momentum to achieve great things for those suffering in Palestine.


Solidarity from Strathclyde University occupation

Congratulations on your ongoing occupation, the will of the people is on your side.

I hope our sucess at Strathclyde will drive you on and convince others that direct action can and will work..

Good luck, and be strong. Don't take that crap from the police or the university - they are the ones who should be scared!

Ben Braidwood
Strathclyde University

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Say No to the Extradition to the US of Seán Garland

Seán Garland, former President of the Workers' Party of Ireland, was arrested outside the party's Head Office in Dublin on January 30, 2009, on foot of an extradition warrant from the United States. The extradition demand was personally signed by the outgoing US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the dying days of the Bush / Cheney regime in November 2008, three years after the first failed attempt to seize Seán Garland in 2005.

The website of the campaign to defend Seán Garland was originally established in 2005 following a previous extradition attempt through Northern Ireland. The site has now been reactivated and its url is http://www.seangarland.org/

The campaign welcomes messages of solidarity / support which can be sent to the Defend Sean Garland campaign, 12, Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1, Tel: (01) 856 1879 or by-email to defendseangarland@gmail.com

An article on the background to the issues involved in the arrest and attempted extradition can be found at http://japanfocus.org/_John_McGlynn-North_Korean_Criminality_Examined__the_US_Case__Part_I

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No to the Extradition from Ireland to the US of Seán Garland!

Resolution, Friends of Korea, February 14, 2009, London, UK

We friends of Korea in Britain, gathered at the meeting “Unreserved Solidarity with the DPRK” on Saturday, February 14 in London, condemn the fabrications concocted against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea regarding the counterfeiting of US dollars. In particular, we condemn the threatened extradition of Seán Garland to the US in this connection, and call on the Irish government not to allow such extradition.

We regard these manoeuvres as an attempt to blacken relations between the DPRK and all justice-loving countries and people.

We express our solidarity in this matter with the Workers’ Party of Ireland, of whom Seán Garland is the former President. We reiterate our position as friends of Korea in Britain that we stand as one with all friends of Korea throughout the world, and are outraged at the injustice perpetrated on Seán Garland, and on the attempts to blacken the name of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The arrest on January 30, sensationally staged outside the Workers’ Party HQ in Dublin, and the threatened extradition of Seán Garland are nothing but a crude pretext used by the outgoing US regime to attack the DPRK, as it has done throughout its years in office.

Such activities are the height of uncivilised and brutal conduct, and are rejected by all democratic forces.

Hands off the DPRK!

Stop the Extradition of Seán Garland!

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Message of Support from International Communist Workers Parties

We, the undersigned Communist and Workers parties attending the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of Greece, Athens on 18/22 February 2009, condemn the arrest of Comrade Sean Garland, former President of the Workers’ Party of Ireland and current member of the Central Executive committee. He was arrested outside the Party offices in Dublin on Friday January 30, 2009, at the request of the US authorities who are seeking his extradition to the US. The request for the extradition was signed by Condoleezza Rice in the final days of the Bush Administration.

Comrade Garland was first arrested in October 2005 while attending the Party congress in Belfast. This was a blatant attempt by the US authorities to take advantage of the unjust and controversial extradition treaty between the US and British governments which would have afforded him little or no legal protection. After having been granted permission to return to Dublin for urgent medical attention, after much consideration Sean Garland decided not to return to Northern Ireland.

Sean Garland has lived openly and has conducted his political activities and engagements in public for the last 3 years. He made his address known to the Irish authorities. He is 75 years old and is in serious ill health, suffering from a number of medical conditions.

Sean Garland has consistently denied any wrongdoing. He has received strong support from a wide spectrum of political, trade union and public figures concerned at the manner in which he was treated. Sean Garland is being subjected to a relentless and vindictive campaign of persecution by the US government.

We condemn this blatant attack on a leading member of The Workers’ Party of Ireland who has pursued a struggle against imperialism for almost 60 years. We express our solidarity with the Workers’ Party of Ireland and with Comrade Sean Garland in the fight against extradition to the US.

We demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of these extradition proceedings on political, legal and humanitarian grounds and call on all communist, workers parties and progressive organisation to send messages of support to the Workers’ Party at wpi@indigo.ie and the Campaign to Defend Sean Garland at defendseangarland@gmail.com

Communist Party of Albania
Algerian Party for Democracy and Socialism (PADS)
Communist Party of Armenia
Workers Party of Belgium
Brazilian Communist Party
New Communist Party of Britain
Communist Party of Canada
Colombian Communist Party
Communist Party of Cuba
Socialist Workers Party of Croatia
Progressive Party of the Working People – AKEL Cyprus
Communist Party of Denmark
Communist Party in Denmark
Communist Party of Estonia
French Communist Party
Communist Party of Greece (KKE)
Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Communist Party of India
Tudeh Party of Iran
Communist Refoundation Party, Italy
Party of the Italian Communists
Workers Party of Korea
Socialist Party of Latvia
Communist Party of Malta
Party of the Communists Mexico
New Communist Party of the Netherlands
Communist Party of Pakistan
Palestinian Communist Party
Party of the People, Panama
Peruvian Communist Party
Communist Party of Poland
Communist Refoundation, Puerto Rico
Romanian Communist Party
New Communist Party of Serbia
Party of the Communists of Serbia
Communist Party of Spain
Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain
Party of the Communists, Catalonia
Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Communist Workers Party of Russia (RKRP)
Party of the Communists of Russia (RPC)
Syrian Communist Party
Communist Party of Sweden
Communist Party of South Africa
Communist Party of Turkey
Union of Communists of Ukraine
Communist Party of Venezuela
World Peace Council
World Federation of Trade Unions
Communist Party of Portugal

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Communist Party of Ireland

Communist Party of Britain

Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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