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More "strike" observations

This happened a week or so ago but I don't think I ever wrote about it here.

Anyway. I think I did mention that University students had been striking in against changes to the way Universities here are run (put simply, they feel they are being turned into businesses). Well, the lycee students decided to join in; they are aged 15-18 I think (i.e. future University students). Their strike did not just entail a sneaky day off of school...they created a "blockade" preventing people from entering the building. This basically meant sitting or standing around in the cold all day. The reasons for the strike/my own views aside what was striking was that this happened at all, I just cannot imagine it at home...

I was surprised and kinda impressed by three things:
1) That the students were politically motivated enough to feel the need to strike. (Apparently this is the reason headteachers don't just step in and stop them; strikes are seen as a sort of rite of passage to adulthood and demonstrate a certain level of education/political awareness)
2) That the masive student body was organised enough to arrange this.
3) That they had the stamina/determination to maintain the blockade all day.

What do you think?

Posted by LHsugarsugar 12:58 Archived in France

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