PRESS RELEASE: ULU President Michael Chessum Arrested. Defend the right to protest!

University of London Union (ULU) President Michael Chessum was arrested today shortly after leaving a meeting with University of London management over the forced University takeover of the Union.


It is understood that the arrest is in response to the demonstration organised by ULU yesterday by hundreds of students demanding the Union remain student-led.


The National Campaign Against Fees & Cuts (NCAFC) wishes to reiterate its full support Michael Chessum and the campaign to defend ULU.


NCAFC also demands the immediate release of Michael Chessum, and for all charges against him to be dropped.


It has also been revealed today by the Guardian that police in Cambridge have been attempting to recruit students as informants to spy on student union activities, and the activities of student environmental and anti-cuts groups. This follows a number of recent crackdowns on student demonstrations and a worrying increase in collusion between the police and our institutions. This includes the recent arrest of ULU Vice President Daniel Cooper, for challenging the police stop-and-search policy, the arrest of two Edinburgh students for being on campus and nearby Princess Anne without permission, and the heavy-handed and violent police response to student chalking.



At this time of police repression and the withering of our democratic rights it is vital that as students we stand firm and defend our democratic rights. We demand the right to protest when, where and how we see fit. We demand the right to move freely through our campuses. We demand the right to organise autonomously, free from management interference.


As a movement we cannot allow them to succeed in quashing dissent.



Activists have called a demonstration outside Holborn Police Station, 10 Lambs Conduit Street WC1N 3NR, TODAY at 4:30PM.


For press enquiries please call:

Hannah Webb 07703-114-546

Mike Shaw 07540-248-868

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