Statement from Occupiers of Middlesex UniversityTagged as: academia free_spaces middlesex occupation philosophy social_struggles solidarity
Philosophy, its highest research-rated subject; ever since, Middlesex
students and staff, and many thousands of their supporters in the UK
and around the world, have been battling to save it. In early May, Middlesex Philosophy students took matters into their
own hands and decided to occupy the Mansion House requesting
management enter into negotiations leading to a reversal of the
decision to close the Philosophy programmes. Management refused to
Last night the occupiers of The Mansion House, Middlesex University,
were served a High Court Injunction deeming the occupation an unlawful
act. This morning that injunction came into effect.
We, the occupiers, stay here in defiance of that injunction, against
the proposed cuts at Middlesex University. We refuse to be threatened
or intimidated by management’s tactics, specifically the naming of
individuals on the injunction. This is a collective struggle.
We ask Ed Esche, Margaret House, Michael Driscoll, Waqar Ahmed and all
other members of the management staff if it is really desirable to
bring legal action against a significant number of their own students?
The management have already shown themselves incapable of making
competent decisions about what is the ‘right’ way to run their own
Furthermore we urge management to reconsider their decision to close
philosophy, particularly in the light of the arguments put forward by
our campaign and the overwhelming international support both inside
and out of the academic community. However this must amount to more
than vague and insubstantial promises.
Therefore, we demand that all BA, MA and PhD Philosophy programmes are
guaranteed reinstatement, with student recruitment reopened
We ask friends, supporters and the intrigued to join us this afternoon
on the lawn outside the Mansion House at Trent Park Campus. There
will be a rally at 3, including a talk from Tariq Ali.
Solidarity to workers, students and all those engaged in struggles
against cuts in Education and beyond. From Middlesex to Sussex, from
Greece to California. We are the crisis.
For more background information check:
To call the Occupants: 07831946358