Solidarity Statement against (State) Repression
We want to express our support and solidarity with those suffering under and fighting against state repression, while struggling for free emancipatory education anywhere in this world.
State repression is inherently linked to the struggle for emancipation, in its many shapes and colors. People worldwide endure violence at the hands of the state whenever they begin to move and feel their chains. State repression exists within the streets as well as on campus. Such repression has taken numerous forms ranging from direct acts of violence to the limitation of free speech. Such acts serve to uphold current state-market relations which aim to produce exploitable diligent human capital rather than individuals politically engaged in their communities.
Repressive policies have many faces; be it particular laws (e.g. P-6 in Montréal), undercover agents infiltrating activist groups, campus police or other means of surveillance on campus, or the common attacks by armed forces during demonstrations,which often result in arrests,serious injuries or even deaths.
We categorically condemn state repression and stand in solidarity with students (and others) scrutinizing the predominant political, economic and social system, asking critical questions and striving for alternatives in the struggle for emancipation.
We emphasize the importance of solidarity on the local as well as global level, in the effort to highlight state repression of students’ ability to struggle for their interests.
Solidarity across campuses, national borders, and other arbitrary divisions permits us to mitigate the effectiveness of varying forms of intimidation tactics.
By signing this statement, you contribute to a sign of global solidarity and raise awareness of the structural function of state repression,and reiterate the need for an education emancipated form both the market and the state.
One World – One Struggle
P.S.: to also coordinate practical solidarity in our struggle for free emancipatory education, we suggest that you subscribe to the global ISM mailing list: lists.riseup.net/www/info/international_students_movement
P.P.S.: For some recent cases of state repression in the on going struggle for emancipatory education click here.