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NUS Scotland statement of solidarity with Belarus protesters

Tuesday 28-03-2017 - 13:20

Following reports of arrests of protestors, and restrictions on the freedom to mobilise, in Belarus, NUS Scotland has released a message of solidarity

NUS Scotland President Vonnie Sandlan said: 

“The student movement has a proud history of standing in solidarity with fellow activists across the world. Students have stood together across the world against fascism, apartheid, and in pursuit of a better education system for students everywhere. That’s why I’m proud to send our support and solidarity to students in Belarus, who are facing an appalling and undemocratic attack on their freedoms.” 
 
“It’s simply a disgrace that in the modern age students face arrest, government sanctions, or expulsion from education for peacefully mobilising against their government. The freedom to mobilise is one that too often we take for granted, but it shouldn’t be that way. The right to mobilise, and take peaceful action against a government, should be one of the most fundamental rights in society – allowing citizens to express speak out and make themselves heard.”
 
“NUS Scotland stands in solidarity with fellow students in Belarus, and we will continue to stand with students fighting for democracy and a better world everywhere.”
 

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