This event raises obvious questions about the stance of the university towards peaceful protest and the lawfulness of the police’s involvement, who were always on hand during the day to offer their unwanted (and inappropriate?) political opinions and ‘mediation’, an issue which will be addressed in an article in the coming weeks. Issues relating to political policing on Birmingham campus have been raised before (see http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/birmingham/2008/09/409474.html ) and also involved the same university assigned police officer. See the website for pics and videos, as well as further reports on what is going on on campus following the occupation.
So we left, to chants of ‘free free palestine’, to return to fight another day. It was certainly an amazing 12 hours and we had an enormous amount of support (thanks especially to all the Zionists who turned up - you were a non-stop source of entertainment). I think it has really started something at Birmingham (which certainly carried on today with the ‘official’ protest on campus) . This isn't over.
The students who occupied Arts LR4
Banners on the balcony of the occupied lecture room
Explaining the occupation and its demands to other students (1)
Explaining the occupation and its demands to other students (2)
Handing out flyers explaining the occupation and its demands
What’s all this videoing, we'll have no trouble here
Blocking the lecture room entrance door
Photo call of a number of the occupiers
Deciding on strategy: occupation continuance and dissemination of information
Campus Police Arrive
Clearly having no luck with the early removal of the occupiers! (calls for plan
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