Since early this week thousands of young people from South African campuses have taken to the streets and converged outside centers of state power (being parliament in Cape Town and Luthuli House in Johannesburg) to agitate for a national shutdown until free quality education is achieved.
The state responded by unleashing the brutality of the police on the unarmed students engaged in peaceful demonstrations. The violent repression unleashed by the state, shows that any gesture it makes under the guise of resolving the education crisis is really about maintaining the status quo by silencing young people and revolutionary movements. BLF vigorously condemns this repression, and we demand the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested.
BLF supports the struggle for free quality education for all and to this end a National Shutdown until President Zuma makes such an announcement. BLF stands in solidarity with the young students beaten and arrested since early this week for daring to demand revolutionary change. Among those currently detained is BLF’s National Spokesperson Linsay Maasdorp who was arrested yesterday, released today and was immediately thereafter re-arrested after he urged protesters to continue the struggle undeterred.
We pledge our solidarity with ALL Political Detainees and call for the unconditional release of all those Detained! Down with the repressive ANC government that has unleashed the brutality of the police against the students protesting for a free quality education for all.
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT
22 October 2015
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