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Roof top protest about BAE systems at Preston University

UCLanian | 11.02.2009 17:56 | University Occupations for Gaza | Anti-militarism

Three people arrested after roof top protest about arms company BAE systems' involvement at University of Central Lancashire

Arrived at university this lunchtime to find it sealed off and crawling with cops due to three people staging a roof top protest about BAE systems sponsoring research. Saw three people being brought down a ladder by the cops and nicked.

the text below is cut and paste from the local paper

Three people have been arrested following a rooftop protest against Lancashire defence firm BAE Systems at Preston's University.
Three protestors carrying a loudhailer took to the roof of the Foster Building on the University of Central Lancashire's campus, close to the busy Adelphi roundabout in the city centre, at just after noon on Wednesday.

A further two people were distributing leaflets to students on the ground.

They were from the 'Study War No More' group, a joint venture between the Campaign Against the Arms Trade and Fellowship of Reconciliation.

A UCLan spokesman said he believed they were protesting against research carried out by the university on behalf of BAE, which employs 11,500 people at its bases in Warton and Samlesbury, near Preston.

The leaflet also stated UCLan had money invested in the company through shares via a third-party fund manager.

Police arrived at the Foster building shortly after 1pm to remove the protestors from the roof.

Three people were arrested - none of whom are believed to be students.

It is believed the protest was deliberately staged during a university open day for maximum impact



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  1. 3 arrested released no charges — turin