Warwick occupation served with injunction

*** Management takes student occupation to court 

*** Two students have been threatened to have to pay for legal costs 

*** Similar injunctions have previously been condemned by Amnesty International for breaching human rights

WARWICK INJUNCTION

University management are seeking to evict the occupiers of the Rootes building, serving them with an injunction without engaging in any negotiations over students’ demands.

The occupation began on Thursday evening following a demonstration of over 1,000 students in protest at the university’s handling of a sit-in on Wednesday, where West Midlands police used CS gas on students and threatened them with a taser.

Management’s conduct is in direct contrast to the reaction of the University of the West of England, where today Vice-Chancellor Steve West visited the campus free education occupation within hours to discuss and negotiate occupiers’ demands.

The Warwick occupation demands include: a call for Vice-Chancellor Nigel Thrift to retract his statement about the alleged assault which has been refuted by witnesses unless he can prove otherwise; to uphold the right to peaceful protest, to support free education, and condemn the unjustified and disproportionate violence used against students.

The demands were democratically decided in the occupation of over 300 students on Thursday evening, following a demonstration of over 1,000 students, the largest in Warwick’s history.

Callum Cant, who is named in the injunction, said:

Management’s attitude, by taking out an injunction and seeking to suppress peaceful protest, shows that they are prepared to spend huge sums of money on legal fees rather than apologise for the disgusting treatment of a peaceful sit-in.

Deborah Hermanns, from the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, said:

This outrageous move follows similar legal action taken at other universities, including one at Birmingham which was condemned by Amnesty International for breaching human rights. We utterly deplore Warwick management’s decision and will continue to fight for the right to protest on each and every campus – free from management and police repression.

 

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  2 comments for “Warwick occupation served with injunction

  1. Peter
    11 December 2014 at 9:36 am

    Like many people, I have watched the youtube videos of the moment the protest was broken up by police. Maybe I’m living in a parralel universe, but what I saw was some calm, methodical police officers (yes, with CS in hand and the sound of a taser), facing off to some screaming, hysterical, abusive students. Ironically you posted the video as an example of heavy handed policing, but actually the shouts of ‘Scum’, etc. completely turned me off to your cause. You follow that with the above drivel, including immature ‘memorial services to a damaged door’, not adequately facing up to the fact that criminal damage is NOT peaceful protest. All I’ve seen so far is that you lot are abdicating your responsibilities to the student community, and have lost the moral authority to preach your message. Shame.

    • Peter
      12 December 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Wow, just wow. Maybe that parallel universe is North-Korea? Can I come with you on your way back there? I hear, and can read, that people are ignorant and happy there.

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