To mark International Students’ Day on November 17th, the French-speaking Student Federation (FEF) and its Dutch-speaking counterpart,Vlaamse Vereniging van Studenten (VVS), are planning various actions on Monday, including demonstrations in 8 different cities across the country. The demonstrations will take place simultaneously, announced 2 student organisations on Friday. “Students were very happy this year with the appointment of new Ministers of Higher Education, both on the French and Dutch side”, said FEF president, Corinne Martin. In Monday’s demonstrations we will be calling for “a good standard of higher education that is accessible to everyone.” Other demands include the issue of freezing tuition fees, an issue the FEF claims is “undecided”, along with “the selection process and lower education bills.” This day of protest is a nationwide affair: “All Belgian students, whether they be north or south of the linguistic border, are facing the same problems,” the president said.
In Brussels, the demonstration is scheduled to start at 2:30pm in Place Stephanie, just in front of the office of Jean-Claude Marcourt, the Minister for Higher Education in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. It is expected to break up in front of the office of the Minister’s Flemish counterpart, Hilde Crevits, on Boulevard Albert II. The procession will travel along Brussels’ inner ring road between these two points.
In Liège, the event will kick off at 12:15pm at Place St. Paul and travel to the PS headquarters at Place Sainte-Véronique. A procession is also planned through the pedestrian area of Louvain-la-Neuve, starting at Place Montesquieu at 12:45pm. In Namur, Mons, Louvain, Antwerp and Ghent, students will gather at various university sites at noon.
Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)