NUS are calling for students to walk out of Uni

The National Union of Students (NUS) has called for thousands of students to stage a walk-out of University on the 20th February.

It is in protest of Theresa May's inviting of Donald Trump on a state visit to the UK, despite his travel band and "racist agenda".

NUS believe now is the time for people to show solidarity in the face of prejudice.

International students' officer Mostafa Rajaai said:

"It has become more important than ever before for us to unite in showing opposition to racism, xenophobia and hatred and to stand in solidarity with all those who have been feeling the brunt of state-sponsored racism across the UK and beyond.
“We have been seeing the debate around immigration taking a nasty and divisive turn over the years.
“Many who have held anti-immigrant views for some time, now feel emboldened to display their hateful position in full force.”

Yesterday, Parliament voted AGAINST a bid to guarantee EU nationals' rights post-Brexit. The amendment, tabled by ex-Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman, was rejected by 332 MPs, while 290 voted FOR it.

The event is called 'One Day Without US,' and it is intended to be a day of appreciation for the contribution migrants make to the UK. International students make up approximately 20% of the student population in this country.

The walk-out is due to take place on 20th February, the same day Parliament will debate the visit after 1.6 million people signed a petition calling to ban it.

The event organiser, Matt Carr, told the Guardian:

"“Since Brexit, we have seen levels of xenophobia and racism that have been increasingly legitimised.
“We want to make this an inclusive event. We realise that because of the legal constraints on striking, many workers will not be able to take formal strike action.”

As well as the walk-out, badges and lanyards will be worn by campaigners. And parties will be held celebrating those studying and working who came from overseas.

If you would like to know more information or want to get involved, here is how. Alternatively, here is the event page on Facebook: