First Press Release
At 2pm this afternoon over 50 students at the University of Glasgow went into occupation to protest against the current siege of Gaza, in solidarity with the Palestinians, and against the involvement of arms manufacturers at our university. After weeks of campaigning, we presented the Principal with a set of demands (following at the end of this press release) and petitions signed by over one thousand Glasgow University students and staff in support of the people of Gaza. Following an unsatisfactory response from the Principal Sir Muir Russell we have decided to occupy the Computing Science building at the university. The university has proven funding and investment links to BAE systems and other arms manufacturers who supply weapons to the state of Israel. The Computing Science department is one of the departments with major links to BAE systems. This action is taking place against the background of a wave of successful occupations around Britain.
The severing of links between the university and arms manufacturers, such as BAE Systems.
An official university statement condemning the Israeli army’s atrocities in Gaza.
A boycott of all Israeli produce on campus, such as Eden Springs water.
Donations of academic resources to help rebuild Gaza’s battered schools and universities.
A day of fundraising across campus in support of the DEC appeal.
A commitment to fund scholarships for Palestinian students.
We, the students, will remain in occupation indefinitely until our demands are met.
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