Austria: School Students go on strike for their education rights!
Report from the youth organization Red*REVOLUTION, 5.12.2013, http://www.redrevolution.at/
As we already reported, the youth organization Red*REVOLUTION, affiliated with the RKOB (Austrian section of the RCIT), has been active in the last weeks in order to organize a school student strike against cuts in education. (1) We are mobilizing school students to resist against a massive tightening of the final exams in all higher schools.
Red*REVOLUTION is calling together with a number of action committees in various schools for a school student strike on 6th December.
The education department of the regional government in Vienna has reacted with threats against the school students. It sent out a letter to all school administrators in which it emphasized that the school students have no right to hold a strike and will face penalization. After wide-spread outrage it has to backpedal now.
Yesterday we hold a press conference with 10 activists from several schools. Marc Hangler, spokesperson of Red*REVOLUTION, and a number of school student representatives, explained to the media the reasons for the strike and their determination to hold on their plans despite the government’s repression.
Our press conference was well attended by representatives of the media. News on it and the strike as well as interviews with Marc Hangler are now spreading in the TV, Radio and daily papers. (See links to TV and daily paper reports below.)
You can find more reports and articles in German language on our website.
Reports, Videos and Photos:
ORF (the public broadcast service in Austria like the BBC in Britain) brought a report in its news on 4.12.2013. It can be viewed at: (http://tvthek.orf.at/program/Wien-heute/70018/Wien-heute/7201322/Warum-duerfen-SchuelerInnen-nicht-streiken/7203481). Bear in mind that the link will only work for a few days.
Puls 4 (a private TV channel) reported brought a report in its news on 4.12.2013. It can be viewed at: (http://www.puls4.com/video/guten-abend-oesterreich/play/2284137). Bear in mind that the link will only work for a few days.
In addition, there have been reports on Red*REVOLUTION and the school student strike:
ORF: Schülerstreiks: Präsidentin gibt Tipps gegen Verbot, 2013-12-04, http://wien.orf.at/news/stories/2618612/
DER STANDARD (one of the big national daily papers): Rote Revolutionäre machen mobil gegen "diese" Zentralmatura, 2.12.2013, http://derstandard.at/1385169611896/Rote-Revolutionaere-machen-mobil-gegen-diese-Zentralmatura
ÖSTERREICH (one of two biggest national daily papers): Tausende bei Demo gegen neue Matura, 5.12.2013 (this link will only work today), http://file.oe24.at/epaper/#3/z
Videos and photos from the press conference on 4.12.2013 can be viewed at the YouTube Channel of the RKOB soon
(1) Austria: School Students protest against attack on education rights! Report from the youth organization Red*REVOLUTION, 25.11.2013, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/austrian-school-students-protest/