A solidarity protest organized by New Socialist Alternative (Indian Section of Committee for a Workers’ International) at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), Pune on 25th October in support of the Spanish Student’s Strike.
A protest rally was organized at SPPU in solidarity with Spanish Students’ Strike. First we distributed leaflets and appealed students to join the protest. In response around 50 students gathered. We began the rally by first singing the song “Shikshanachi zaliya daina, itha sarakari shala disana” (Education system is in shambles and now public schools are no more seen, being replaced by private ones).
A comrade explained the background of strike in Spain and the resolute, inspiring struggle built by Spanish students to defeat such policies. Then all shouted slogans condemning the privatization of education, cuts in education and demanding free and universal education systems. We tried to give it a bit of Spanish flavor by including a slogan “Students’ Unity – VIVA VIVA”. Later more comrades came in and addressed the students connecting these worldwide protests with ongoing struggles by Indian students against similar though much more savage neoliberal policies. We also brought forward the issue of unemployment among youths. In response to our appeal other left, Dalit organizations in the city too joined the rally and their comrades addressed the gathering. These organizations included Phule-Shahu-Amebdkar Vidyarthi Kruti Samiti, All India Students’ Association (AISA), Students’ Federation of India (SFI). All through the program, we continued to shout slogans and sing various songs supporting struggles in India as well around the world.
New Socialist Alternative – Pune