#FeesMustFall gets global support for historic march
From Australia to the USA and Europe, SA students based abroad are in solidarity with #FeesMustFall.
LONDON/NEW YORK - The Fees Must Fall movement has received support in various parts of the world, and today, South African and international students will be picketing outside the country's high commission in Trafalgar Square in London.
South African students based in the UK have called for the cessation of violence against students and say there should be a constructive and open dialogue with the youth.
- ReadaBookSA (@ReadaBookSA) October 23, 2015
Join the revolution tomorrow ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
Pretoria/ Durban/ London
- Karabo Mokgoko ⚡️ (@Kay_Angel) October 22, 2015
So this is happening in London! ✊🏽
- Rudi Malcolm (@RudiMalcolm) October 22, 2015
While there isn't much media coverage of the protests, many of the people taking part in today's picket have relied on social media to access information.
South African student Ntokozo Qwabe who is doing his Masters at Oxford has cautioned against not listening to the youth.
"To our comrades, in South Africa we are saying we are with you, we might not be there physically but we are with you and we say that Fees Must Fall."
While the picket might not bring Trafalgar Square to a standstill, Qwabe says he hopes today's protest action will provide awareness to the struggles faced by students back home in South Africa.
Meanwhile, in the United States, supporters of the protests are also using social media to stand in solidarity.
- #FeesMustFall (@LetsJustJ) October 23, 2015
- Rachel Colbourne-Hof (@rachelcolbhoff) October 23, 2015
Dear Students in South Africa. Greetings from a Scholar-Activist in the USA. Please know that I stand in Solidarity with you. #FeesMustFall
- Dr. Goddess (@drgoddess) October 22, 2015
- Mike Emmerich (@MikeEmmerich) October 21, 2015
Enough of apathy. So proud to be South African, even all the way from the USA. #FeesMustFall
- Andi McIver (@andi_inthehouse) October 21, 2015
American students from across the country have expressed their support for the protests, largely on Twitter and Facebook, spreading the hashtag #FeesMustFall and #NationalShutDown to a US audiences.
A student in North Carolina says. "College in any country shouldn't be a debt sentence."
Images: Jonathan Stephenson & Jared Sacks via Facebook