Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Protest against the conflict in Gaza erupts on SOAS campus
14 January 2009
The public outcry of horror at Israel's continued military bombardment of Gaza broke out at a British university yesterday. Students at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in central London have taken over a Ministry of Defence exhibition being shown on campus and locked themselves in.
At 7pm last night, following a student union meeting which condemned both Israel's actions and the perceived racism of the Ministry of Defence exhibition, students stormed the building and secured it using tables and bicycle locks.
Police were immediately on the scene with 20 or more officers. They were visibly nervous following recent violent outbreaks across the country over this issue. The confrontation passed off peacefully and the students' stated intentions are entirely peaceful.
Over the coming days workshops and gallery tours will be conducted by the students.
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UPDATE: Students declare victory