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Protest against Commercialisation of Education.....


Kerala (India), June 29th: Brutal Crack-Down on Student

June 29th, Thiruvananthapuram:
Brutal Crack-Down on Student Protest
Students were brutally attacked during a protest against the Kerala government's policy regarding admission to private medical colleges and increasing commercialisation of education. At least 26 students, two of them seriously, and five police officials were injured.
Students were about to remove barricades outside the state secretariat. When the police caned them, they retreated into the compound of University College. From inside the campus, the students pelted stones. This irked the police who used tear gas and entered the campus.
This is the second time in less than a week that police used force to tackle student agitators. The students say that private managements have been given a free hand in the admission process.
The protest march was organised by the Student Federation of India (SFI).
Official Press Release by the SFI:
Students’ Federation of India
Central Executive Committee
4, Ashok Road, New Delhi - 1
PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                                                
The Students’ Federation of India organized a protest demonstration at Kerala House against the continuing police atrocities on SFI protests in Kerala. The demonstration was a part of the All-India Protest call given by the SFI Central Executive Committee.
Activists of the SFI marched to Kerala House shouting slogans against the UDF government. The demonstration was addressed by Ritabrata Banerjee, SFI All India General Secretary and V Sivadasan, SFI All India Joint Secretary. SFI Delhi State Committee Secretary Robert and President Roshan also addressed the demonstration.
The speakers lambasted the UDF government for unleashing the assault of commercialization of education. The UDF government after coming to power has announced that all seats in private self financing medical colleges would be transferred to the management quota and done away with the 50% reservation for merit quota. This was a policy announced by the UDF government itself in 2001. The SFI has been protesting against this move to promote commercialization of higher education throughout Kerala.
All across the state, the police acting on orders of the UDF government has brutally cracked down on the SFI protesters. Lathi charge, Tear gas and Grenades have been used on peaceful protestors. Girl students also have not been spared. Hundreds of students have been hospitalized with injuries from the violence unleashed by the Police. Even today SFI protests have been Lathi charged in Kannur and Ernakulum district. The Kannur District Secretary of SFI V S Sanoj has been injured and hospitalized with injuries.
The SFI CEC strongly condemns the continuing police brutalities on SFI protests in Kerala. The UDF government should accept the demand to reserve 50% seats in merit quota and stop unleashing repression on protesting students. We express our solidarity with our fellow comrades who are fighting a valiant struggle against the commercialization of education in Kerala.
Released by
P K Biju. MP
   Ritabrata Banerjee
   General Secretary

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