Around a hundred people assembled across from Senate House on King’s Parade this evening to protest against the University’s police action in the forcible removal of protestors from Greenwich House last week.
Students holding large, painted banners emblazoned with slogans familiar from the Zero Carbon movement listened to speeches organized by the leaders of the campaign, broken up by chanting and singing about fossil fuel divestment – but also ‘cops out’ slogans and calls to ‘fight back’ against the University.
Similarly, speeches also reflected the shift in campaign discourse. They were joined by representatives from in and outside the university, including a student from Istanbul who gave an impassioned speech about the clamping down on student dissent in Turkey, as well as a junior academic who compared the movement to the 2010 student movements against tuition fees across the country.
Notably, a member from the National Campaign Against Fees & Cuts gave an announcement about their annual conference in Sheffield, inviting divestment protestors to join others from across the country to protest about more general student issues on the 9th of June.