It might be a cliche that you will get involved in at least one demonstration during your time as a student. Yet, it seems to be more than a cliche since education is never taken as seriously as other topics in politics. If there were no students going to the streets and protesting, politicians would never hear them/us.
So yesterday, there was this anticipated ‘Aktionstag’ in Baden-Württemberg. In all nine universities in Baden-Württemberg, students, teaching staff, and the rectorate should come together to strike against the financial shortages under which many german students suffer. Due to this, universities can’t provide proper teaching spaces, staff, time, and material. The buildings are ramshackled, the lecture halls are crowded, the teaching staff is underpaid and undermanned. If it goes on like this, the universities have to save money, in worst scenario cases many faculties would have to close so that it wouldn’t be possible for some subject to exist any longer. That is a waste, because education is the only ressource Germany can offer, and it is also the worst place to save money at. There can be no big results if there is not enough financial support. If education is being decreased, universities will die out.
Well, it was the first demonstration I ever went to, because it was one topic that concerns me as a student, and it was worth experiencing it. Of course it is a serious topic, but everyone was in a great mood. There was no turmoil or fights. Just music and paroles, and screaming, and dancing students :D Since I don’t like violence in real life, I was quite happy that it was so peaceful. Something that I really appreciate in Germany: They are not aggressive people.
The demonstration started on Wednesday at 3 pm at the main entrance of the university’s main building. Actually, the protest already began the day before with a 24-h-Information-sessions. I couldn’t go there, because I had to study for an exam I had on the evening of the demonstration :/ However, I could attend the demonstration on wednesday which was more important. The significance of a demonstration is as big as the number of demonstrators is. At 3.30 pm the speeches at the university building’s main entrance was over, and we all started walking the route to the city. Some streets were even closed so that we could walk there. There were also police men everywhere. It was an astonishing atmosphere. I had goosebumps for being part of such a big community (about 4500 demonstrators).
Here are some pictures:
There is even a picture of me :’D Here, we stopped in front of the municipal building to hear some more speeches and to call some more paroles. I am the girl next to the guy with the signs :D (When translated, his sign means: Shortages: ShityShity. That’s brilliant, because there is even an alliteration in the english translation! There you can see how smart students are! ;’D)
The demonstration took about 2 hours. Everything went well, except for an idiot who thought it would be funny to ignite a bengal firework. DUH! I have asthm, dude! And it stinked like hell! -.-
All in all, it was a great experience. After the demonstration, I went to the park with a friend. Her roommate should celebreate his birthday there, so I joined them for a while until I had to leave for my chinese test at 6 pm. It was quite hard, but I hope that I got an average or somehow a good grade. My head, however, was dead after that :’D I was so tired, I couldn’t even blog, and only read one chapter from my book :)
Have you also ever made experiences with demonstrations? How did you like them?
Thanks for reading!