Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 20. Thursday, September 7, 1950
We have received many accounts of the appalling conditions obtaining in colonial and semi-colonial countries, including Malaya, Nigeria, South Africa, Cuba, Greece and many others which present a uniform picture of violent repression, extreme poverty of educational opportunities and denial of the most elementary rights to the large majority of the population. Students of all these countries are quite sure they Can obtain educational opportunities only when they are fully independent. Theirs is a political struggle similar to that being carried on by the students of Korea and Viet-Nam. Whose delegates received tumultuous applause from the Congress.
In the face of the evidence of the students of, these countries, the appeals of the National Unions of Great Britain, Scotland, Denmark, Finland, U.S.A., Australia, and New Zealand for the restriction of the political work of I.U.S. to the needs of students as such have been received very coldly. To the spokesmen of these Unions, the delegates of Puerto Rico, Nigeria and many others have asked: what is your Union doing about national independence for colonial peoples? The only answers, that have been made are that the British N.U.S. has sent books to Malaya and that the N.S.A. of America passed a resolution deploring the outbreak of violence in the University of Puerto Rico.