Police clampdown on Glasgow occupation
March 22, 2011 Leave a comment
From BBC News:
A police operation to evict student protesters from Glasgow University has been condemned as being “unacceptable” and “heavy handed”.
Glasgow Student Representative Council said more than 80 officers, 18 police vehicles and a helicopter had been deployed to evict about 15 students.
They occupied the Hetherington Research club for seven weeks in protest at cuts designed to save £20m by 2014.
Students are now asking for your support. Please send letters of complaint to:
- Vice Chancellor Anton Muscatelli firstname.lastname@example.org
- Secretary of Court David Newall David.Newall@glasgow.ac.uk
- copy in the students at email@example.com
The good news is that despite this clampdown the occupation continues, having now relocated to the University Senate. But the actions of police in Glasgow are part of a more general attempt to criminalise our protests, from the kettling of thousands on Whitehall and Westminster Bridge to the arrests of several hundred protestors. A campaign has been set up to defend the right to protest: for more information see http://defendtherighttoprotest.org/?page_id=23
Update: The occupation has now been reinstated. Follow the occupation blog for further updates http://freehetherington.wordpress.com/