solidarity with Frankfurt students

Dear comrades, we need your support. Like in many other cities in Germany and Europe, students at the University of Frankfurt organized a strike for better education. Some lecturers and faculty members supported them. Together we organized more than 70 alternative workshops. On Wednesday, December 2, the president of the university called the police in order to terminate our strike programme. Now about 200 people are threatened by criminal prosecution. I would be happy if you could sign the attached statement of solidarity. Please contact me: sablowski@soz.uni-frankfurt.de

With best regards

Thomas Sablowski Statement of faculty members and lecturers of the Goethe-University of Frankfurt regarding the president’s course of action against alternative workshops within the Bildungsstreik (strike and protest against the new educational reforms) and the eviction of participants from the campus As faculty members and lecturers of the Goethe-University of Frankfurt, we disapprove of the president’s call for police in order to violently enforce the suspension of alternative workshops of students, faculty members and lecturers in the course of the strike for better education. The president’s argument regarding the need for eviction due to damaged property does not justify the forceful break up by the police of self-organized seminars. The eviction of the university is an unacceptable violation of freedom of research and teaching. Focussing on “vandalism” serves only to de-legitimate and criminalize protest and distracts from substantive debates: Bildung needs time and space. It was the goal of the occupants of the I.G. Farben building to organize this. The majority of the occupants did not participate in, support, or justify damages to property. Students, lecturers, and faculty members discussed and analysed such urgent matters as university reforms, conditions of teaching, studying and research in more than 70 workshops. Despite the president’s claims of taking the concerns of faculty and students seriously, he did not yet engage in these debates and activities. We deplore the aggressive attitude of the president and the disrespect of the concerns expressed by the participants of the Bildungsstreik. We call for the immediate dismissal of the criminal prosecution of students, lecturers and faculty members. We call on the president to immediately cease his attacks on the Bildungsstreik. Frankfurt, December 3, 2009

Christoph Bauer Dr. Kendra Briken Dr. Oliver Bruechert Dr. Sonja Buckel Simone Claar Prof. Dr. Alex Demirović Prof. Dr. Andreas Eis Juliane Hammermeister Prof. Dr. Joachim Hirsch Johanna Hoerning Dr. Stefanie Huertgen Dr. Dirk Martin Susanne Martin Prof. Dr. Frank Nonnenmacher Dr. Nadja Rakowitz Margit Rodrian-Pfennig Dr. Martin Saar Prof. Dr. Thomas Sablowski Dr. Jens Wissel Dr. Claudia Wucherpfennig

We call for support of this statement. Supporters should contact Thomas Sablowski, sablowski@soz.uni-frankfurt.de.

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One response to “solidarity with Frankfurt students

  1. Dear Colleagues

    We express our vivid interest on your struggle towards free Higher Education for all!
    We insist with you that education is not a commodity and not for sale.
    As a common good must remain free without any fees and open to all interested persons.

    “Bologna” is a deregulation reform aiming at decreasing state funding of Higher Education and import market attitudes and rules to the University. In Greece we had a long term resistance against these
    reforms (imposed by new laws) and a successful protest against a Constitution amendment to allow private and for-profit Universities / Colleges to be built.

    All academia and students cross Europe have to join our efforts in resisting to these new-liberal reforms, such as “Bologna” and privatization of Higher Education.

    Please accept our full solidarity to your struggle and we wish you full success.
    All protesters have to be free of any charge and please keep on fighting,

    On behalf of the Network for Information
    and University Mobilization
    Ass. Prof. Yanis Maistros
    former Vice-President of POSDEP

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