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SOAS occupation - update. LSE Students occupy Old Theatre

SOAS | 15.01.2009 16:33 | University Occupations for Gaza | Education | Palestine

Discussions with SOAS University management.

Breaking news....40 LSE students occupy the stage of the Old Theatre...

Students at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) occupying the Brunei Gallery (Ministry of Defence Exhibition) in solidarity with Gaza have declared victory after winning significant demands from the university management.

These include an agreement that there will be no military on campus without prior consultation with the student union. A motion passed yesterday by the student union opposes all military presence on campus. It stands for the next five years.

The occupying students will also have exclusive use of the gallery space until end of day Friday. This time will be used to hold meetings on issues related to Israel's assault on Gaza, such as boycotting Israeli goods and Israeli war crimes.

University authorities have also agreed that students will be able use the lecture theatre and gallery for their own use throughout the year. Previously the rooms cost £1,000 to hire for a day – though the Ministry of Defence got it for free.

There will be no repercussions for the students involved in the occupation of the gallery. The mood here remains defiant and ready to ramp up the campaign for solidarity with Palestinians.




Display the following 4 comments

  1. radical students in the uk? I must be dreaming — impressed
  2. — IMCist@
  3. Just the start. — Inspired
  4. what's going on overnight? — one sleeping bag away :)