NYU Occupation Repressed by Administration

The NYU administration, through deceit and force, has broken the NYU Occupation.  Below is some slightly edited text from the http://takebacknyu.com concluding their experience with the Occupation.

NYU students who participated in the Occupation not only face expulsion, but are also being kicked out of their campus housing .   Please send e-mails immediately to housing@nyu.edu to denounce this political repression!

At around 2pm today, members of Take Back NYU! left the Kimmel Center for University Life, ending a 40 hour+ occupation.  Their action made national and international news, and showcased the real power of the new student movement sweeping the globe.

Near the end of the occupation NYU put some of its dishonesty on wide display.  5 students occupying the building were told they would be offered negotiations with Lynne Brown, and willingly passed their barricades to begin serious talks.  As soon as they left, a cadre of NYU security guards swept them away and served them with papers saying they would be expelled.  No negotiations ever took place.

To the end, NYU showed just why we need more actions like this occupation: to hold NYU to its word, and to put students first.

No doubt NYU will begin attempting disciplinary action, but no suspensions, expulsions or arrests can contain what began in the last two days.  This fight will carry on in the hands of the dozens of people who made it inside, and the hundreds more who came out to support the occupation.  NYU showed it’s irrational need to defend secrecy and its exclusive hold on power, and that alone will drive this movement forward.

For everyone showing support: the real lesson here is that you can act and you can make a difference.  Take the lessons from the occupation on to your own struggle, and begin to act yourself.  Onward.

http://takebacknyu.com

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