General strike and occupation of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
October 22, 2009
Greetings form Austria: “We are right now blocking the biggest lecture hall at the university in vienna, austria, to protest against the cut backs on the budget for education and for free access to university for everyone! keep on fighting for free education for everyone!!!
Today, Tuesday 20.10.09 from 12.30
Occupation of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Schillerplatz 3
At 12pm a press conference is to be held in front of the Academy of Fine Arts,
Followed by a symbolic evacuation of the university, and finally the occupation of the Academy.
Join us, take your friends and sleeping bags with you!
There’s food, music and ideas for further self organised programs.
The plan is to use the coming days in order to establish an increased number of protest measures!
No study fees for nobody!
Free education for ALL!
Show solidarity! Lets use the state of exception to construct collective resistance
beyond the categories of teacher/student/worker or otherwise!
Yesterday at 4pm there was a general assembly in which over 100 people
took part. Students, teachers, university personnel and people that are in solidarity
with the demands, discussed and decided together, that from Tuesday on, classes
will be disrupted and the university occupied.
One of the reasons for this is the meeting between the Rector and the Minister of Education on Thursday, at which the Academy’s future shall be decided.
The Academy is one of a few Austrian higher-education institutions that still resists the implementation of the Bologna process.
The overwhelming majority of teachers, students and university personnel stand against the introduction of the bachelor/master structure.
On Thursday the ‘Service Agreement’ between the Minsitry and the Academy should be signed, within which drastic budget cuts and an even more precarious situation in teaching and research are to be expected.
Many teaching staff and uni personnel will be victim to budget cuts!
The situation of students and teachers will only get worse…
The atmosphere among the students and the teachers is one of a readiness to fight and leaves one with the hope for more to come!
Life is not for Sale!
Education is not for Sale!
Palaces for everyone!
“Resistance to the education cutbacks is part of the fight against capitalism!
Luxury for all, instead of profits for the few!”