Sunday, February 01, 2009

Nottingham students manhandled by security guards

Nine security guards have just entered the occupied lecture theatre in Nottingham University and, seemingly without legal authority to do so, dragged some of the twenty five or so people who were in occupation out of the room and out of the building. As I started writing, some of those people had yet to be successfully removed. I can't say if anyone was seriously hurt in the process, but people were obviously terrified and the guards were applying sufficient force to cause people to scream in pain. Once they got the students out of the room, they siezed the materials left behind and started to go through it all - the purpose of which is unclear, but it is doubtful that they have the right to do that. At this point, those students need all the help they can get. I would encourage people to protest both at the manhandling of students and the forcible ending of the students' occupation. Get in touch with the students at occupationnottingham@gmail.com, and copy all messages of support to david.greenaway@nottingham.ac.uk. You can get further updates at their website, presumably whenever they are able to get to a computer. If anyone who supports the occupation can get down to the university tonight, asap really, and offer support to the students, I suspect it would be gratefully received.