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Students sit-in protest support.

STUDENTS in a sit-in over tuition fees have won support from unions.

A group of around 60 students have been occupying the fine art building at Newcastle University since Wednesday.

They have so far received support from the University and College Union (UCU), the president of Newcastle's Student Union and they have also received a letter from well-known American activist, Noam Chomsky.

In his letter, Chomsky says he was pleased to learn about the action, adding: "The savage cuts, hardly concealed class warfare, are likely to harm Britain for a long time to come." The students are protesting against the cuts to Higher Education spending and plans to raise tuition fees to up to pounds 9,000 a year.

They have issued a series of demands to the university's management and refuse to move out of the building until they are met.

These include asking the university to release a statement saying it will oppose the Government's plans and to publish a statement in support of the students taking part in the protest.

The students had a meeting yesterday with Registrar, John Hogan. However, no progress was made and the students say they will only negotiate with the Vice Chancellor, Chris Brink.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 30, 2010
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