We March!

This coming Wednesday, the 8th, we will lead the National Scottish march on Holyrood!




We are going to show Westminster, ahead of the vote on tuition fees, that Scotland doesn’t forget a pledge! We will march in solidarity with the rest of the UK!

The biggest march yet!

Below are some flyers and posters to be printed off and put around and about! We’re talking shops, universities, colleges, schools, cafes, walls, doors, windows, lamposts and everywhere else! Click on each image to get the full quality version!


march ticket double

marchticket cam

marchticket cam double

march ticket double

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University Response

University letter of response 3rd Dec

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Some basic advice on Injunctions and Possession orders


To all the NON SCOTTISH university occupations,

Some basic advice on Injunctions and Possession orders.

Possession Orders are served by the court and applied for by the owners of the property. They give the police and high court bailiffs power to evict you using reasonable force, this extends to the use of force in order to gain entry to the space you are in. The method in which the Order is served will be that it is pasted up onto the property.


The Oxford occupation was evicted by a Possession Order. They refused to leave one by one and were taken out physically on mass by police. However no arrests were made.

Injunctions are orders not to do something made by the court and applied for by your uni. If you do the said thing then your in contempt of court and can be arrested or/and removed. In some rare circumstances this can give rise to criminal or civil action after the occupation has been evicted. THE MAIN DEFENSE AGAINST AN INJUNCTION IS THAT YOU WEREN’T AWARE OF IT.

At Oxford solicitors were serving the IPO but the people in occupation chose to ignore it, thinking it might be an Injunction. They sang well it was being read, closed the curtains when it was put at the window and pushed it back when it came under the door. It turned out to be a Possession Order but if it was an Injunction then their defense, during or later in court, would have been that they were not aware of its terms.

Green and Black Cross legal team is a support group set up using the infrastructure, skills and experience in the climate movement. We are based in London at the moment but are happy to support people across the UK when possible.

Solidarity with the occupations, solidarity with the arrested!


Green and Black Bust Cards: print these out and distribute to everyone involved!


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The Occupation Ends. The Preparation Begins!

No one could have asked for a finer end to the first occupation. At midnight we marched out of Appleton to the sound of bag pipes.

We quickly moved into occupation of Teviot, one of the student unions. But alas, this lasted only two pints. (or approximately 40 minutes of spontaneous chanting, leading the union staff into considering the possibility that we were there to stay. The banners and mass amounts of duvets didn’t help). One hour and a short exchange of snow balls later we parted ways into this dark night.

When we began our occupation there were 2 universities in occupation. When we left there were 20!

In the coming days we will work on mobilising people to march on Wednesday. Student unions from every major Scottish University have pledged to join Edinburgh in a mass rally! Again, meeting in Bristo Square at 11:45.

We march on Parliament!

Whilst we plan the coming days, and further occupations after Christmas we leave you with this insightful occupation memorandum by the Informatics department:


One cold, cold day in late November
Almost before anyone can remember
Some occupiers  wanting to fight the power
Came and settled in Appleton Tower

Many floors above, a bunch of geeks
Most of whom had not slept for weeks
Observed this sudden visit below
Took a minute off work to enjoy the show

They were there to protest, they claimed
To make the Lib Dems feel ashamed
About breaking their promises on education
And according to many, letting down the nation

Us informaticians were angry at first
We muttered, complained and angrily cursed
“What are these people try’n to achieve?
We want them to get out, we want them to leave!”

But after a while we all settled down
Got used to these strangers and their Apple Town
We settled back into our digital bliss
We had coursework to do and sleep to dismiss

They stayed in our building for quite a long while
Lingering there like a strange system-file
But next time you enter our home like a flock
Could you perhaps be as kind as to knock?

But now you are leaving us geeks behind
We hope that you haven’t found us too unkind
Take care when you leave, avoid the fresh air
If you want to pop in, we will always be here

So this is goodbye, this is farewell
We hope you enjoyed your stay in our hotel
Whilst you are dispersing, setting out on new missions
We’ll remain here for ever, signed, the Informaticians


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We’ll Be Back!

Occupation Press Release 2/12/2010 For Immediate Release

At midnight tonight, the current occupation of Appleton Tower will come to an end. We are pleased to announce that we will leave of our own free will, not defeated but triumphant. Our decision to leave was a difficult one, motivated by our own particular situation. To remain in Appleton Tower beyond 9am on Friday would have disrupted next week’s exams and we all have exams of our own to prepare for. We have publicised our cause to the entire country and have forced the university to clarify their own position on the proposed education cuts. Finally, we have demonstrated the strength and unity of our movement, and solidified our resolve to continue campaigning and protesting. We continue to stand in solidarity with the ongoing occupations across the UK, and indeed the entire world.

This is only the beginning, and over the coming months this movement will continue to gain momentum and grow. The government of this country does not represent the people that voted for it, and is pursuing a course of action that we believe to be at odds with the good of its citizens. The proposed public sector cuts are not only regressive and badly thought out, but are driven by a corrupt ideology and will benefit nobody but a rich elite.

For too long, students have been accused of apathy; for too long, we have been politically marginalised. This generation has put paid to that myth; we can no longer be ignored. We are fighting for more than just education: a whole range of public services from healthcare to state pensions are at risk, and the time to defend them is now.

We have also been accused of selfishness; that we are only doing this to fight for a ‘privilege’ that we do not deserve. This is manifestly untrue. Everybody involved in the occupation will be personally unaffected by the fee rises; we wish to ensure that the opportunity that we were given is preserved for generations to come, and believe that it should be funded via progressive taxation.

Throughout the occupation we have organised ourselves through consensus decision making, a practice that has been rewarded with a high level of engagement and cooperation. It has fostered an open and friendly atmosphere, where any can make themselves heard, and none are left unrepresented. The non-hierarchical nature of this manner of organisation is of the utmost importance, and we hope that its use will continue to grow.

We would like to express our extreme gratitude towards all of those who have supported us throughout the occupation, whether through material contributions or messages of solidarity. In particular we would like to thank the Mosque Kitchen, who provided us with a number of delicious meals totally free of charge. Also we would like to acknowledge the patience and goodwill shown by the staff and students of Appleton Tower.

Next Thursday parliament votes on the Tuition Fees Bill. Another day of action, this time backed by the NUS, has been called for Wednesday 8th. We urge everyone to join this protest, so as to put as much pressure as possible on those MPs who promised to fight a rise in tuition fees. Our support has grown massively over the last week, and we know that it will continue to do so. When we first occupied, only two other universities had done the same; now there are nearly twenty. This fight has only just begun, and we call on all of those affected, students, workers and unemployed alike, to take to the streets and make themselves heard!


Edinburgh University Occupation
Appleton Tower


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On Our Chaotic Swarm

Edinburgh, is a non-hierarchical occupation. Entirely leaderless. And as such have decided that we cannot back a national occupations manifesto. I’ll explain why we have taken this stance.

The occupations have formed a swarm network. This network is very hard to destroy. For every occupation that is forcibly evicted, five more have sprung up. We do not rely on leaders or student unions. And in doing so we lack weak links. We can afford to lose connections and nodes in this network, for new ones are continuously forming in their place.

An overarching manifesto is one such weak leak. It is easy to discredit a document, and in doing so, discredit all the signatories. We have to remain unquantifiable and chaotic. We act independently, and are hard to track definitively. We can leak rumours, and form truths.

In 1960, 4 black students staged a sit in. Within two months, the Southern states had seen the birth of an inspirational, powerful student movement. The first significant student movement in the US. They’d previously, similarly, been apathetic. Unlike the civil rights movement of the mid-50s this new movement was not borne of existing organisations or established groups. These students acted entirely on reports they had read in the papers, heard on the radio. They were hard to keep track of. They spawned random. A true grass roots movement.

Greensboro was arguably the spark that set off the symbolic civil rights movement of the 60s and the activism we so associate with the 60s and 70s. It was going to happen. It just had to find its spark. Millbank, whether you support it or not, was our spark. I witnessed the first window being smashed. Something changed that day. That moment.

I believe we are such a movement. As a networked, chaotic group we can act powerfully and unpredictably. We can appear larger than we are. More powerful than we are. From our nodes we can mobilise, organise. Entirely chaotically. We are inspirational. These are not my words. Our movement have been receiving global solidarity, and global coverage. Internationally similar protests are spawning. And they are looking to us for that inspiration. They are looking to us for methodology.

As such we must remain independent. The NUS is easy to attack. We are not. Student unions are easy to attack. We are not. Politicians are easy to attack. We are not. Any action against us, fuels our cause. Every act of police violence, fuels our cause. We must remain confusing and vocal. We must shout louder than we are. In doing so we will magnify our numbers. In doing so, more will join us. In doing so, more will listen.

It’s easy to ignore one voice. You cannot ignore a million.

The government is shifting. And this is only the beginning. We are leading the way. Our cause will succeed, no matter how long it takes. But we have to take action now!

The modern age of apathy is over.


Appleton Tower

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Let’s Party Like It’s 1968!

Tonight we will be partying like its 1968!

This has been organised at short notice, so spread the word!

We’re excited to announce Ballboy and New Urban Frontier are confirmed to be playing in Appleton tonight alongside our own occupation band, The Apple Town Solidaritys! More bands to be announced!

All our supporters are welcome!

Bring some food too!

The party will be ongoing from 5 till 12PM!

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