This morning at dawn the classrooms occupied by the Cric Collective at the State University of Milan were cleared. The eviction, for the occupants who asked for more spaces for teaching and for aggregation, would be “the demonstration of the fact that the university leaves no room for dissent”.
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This morning at six, the Celere and the Carabinieri cleared the new self-managed space in the history cloister of the Statale. To announce it on social networks is the page Ecology Politics Milan. On Tuesday 19 October the CRIC (Collettivo Rottura In Corso) had occupied four classrooms of the former History Department in the Woodshed cloister. For the occupiers, this morning’s eviction is “proof that the university leaves no room for dissent”.
The reasons for the occupation of the spaces at the Statale
The reasons for the occupation were sent with a letter to the rector of the state road Elio Franzini. There is talk of the fact that “the classrooms made available by the University offer a small number of seats compared to the number of people who attend the State University every day – the occupants write – The reasons for the lack and inadequacy of spaces are many: first of all many of them are empty or unused; secondly, others, in particular those of the Festa del Perdono headquarters, are made available to private entities that break into the academic field to make a profit – the Fuori Salone is a recent example ” . Even the pandemic “has exacerbated this structural lack of space for students, reducing the quantity and the hourly availability of classrooms”. There is also a lack of spaces not only for teaching but also those “which offer opportunities for socializing, aggregation and political and cultural growth”. Following the eviction, a public assembly was organized today at 14:00 in the Central Cloister of the Statale.