may memories / 12

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

12th May, 1969 : For the second time in a week students at Monash University in Melbourne, led by activist Albert Langer, have invaded the administration building. They are demanding, among other things, the right of veto on proposed new disciplinary regulations. Several students tried to prevent the invasion and, once inside the building the students split into two groups – those who wanted to stay and those who opposed the “sit-in”. As they argued the Monash University Council continued its meeting on the other side of the wall. When Council members left, to mixed jeering and applause, the dissidents – many of them members of the Monash Labor Club – took over the Council room.

[from wikipedia – Albert Langer: Born in London to a wealthy Melbourne Jewish family, Langer was educated at Monash University, where he became a prominent student activist during the Vietnam War years. … He was a leader of the Maoist faction at the university and a supporter of the Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist). He broke with this party after the death of Mao Tse Tung, but remained a defender of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. In the and 1980s he was extensively involved in the Melbourne community radio station 3CR, and of a concerted attempt to move the station leftwards.]

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