Thursday, 22 January 2009

Leeds University Occupied!

At 4.30pm today around 30 people occupied the Botany House building (near the Student Union) at Leeds University in protest against the attacks on Gaza.

Our initial demands are:


University

  • Open the books to show which companies that back the Israeli state the Uni is investing in and/or receiving funding from.
  • Disinvestment from said companies
  • To Release a statement condemning the Israeli state's attacks and blockade on Gaza
  • Surplus resources (computers, books etc) to be sent to students in Gaza
  • Scholarships for at least five Gazan students to study in Leeds
  • No repercussion, legal or otherwise for activists

Political

  • We call on the government to condemn the Israeli state's attacks and blockade on Gaza
  • To expel the Israeli ambassador from the UK
  • For Israeli diplomats to lose their diplomatic status and be tried for their part in the attaks
  • Demand the government does not send any military support to assist in the blockade or attacks on Gaza

We stand in full solidarity with the Gazan people and protestors around the world, including the occupiers at other universities.

We call on students from the university and the met, school and college students and members of the public from across Leeds to join us in the occupied space!

20 comments:

  1. yeay! good for you. Leeds needs a bit of direct action. Hope it goes well and I'll be honnest, I doubt you'll achieve all your goals (sadly) but if you achieve just one or even a little more of attention for the horrific attrocities that are happening in Gaza- our world, then job well done. I'll be with you guys tommorow with food and goodies.

    Love, Sachin's friend, Laila

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  2. Fantastic work comrades! Hopefully your actions and demands will inspire students here in Ireland and internationally to do the same. The struggle is global!

    Solidarity,
    Darren C

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  3. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2009/jan/21/gaza-israelandthepalestinians

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  5. Brilliant
    and please put some more material on your site , such as norman finklesteins condemnation of isreael, or the mp kaufman
    and www.ifamericansknew.org
    and also important literature on the conflic, such as the itv presenters Alan Harts "zionism is the real enemey of the jews", or "ethnic cleansing of palestine", etc

    and p.s The whole world is in support of this cause
    http://www.squidoo.com/The-Demonstrations-on-Gaza

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  6. oh, and please use your time during this sit in to let student organisations in Europe and America know about you demands. Hopefully they will follow suit

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  7. Hi People,

    One of you handed me a leaflet today. I would have loved to join you but my little girl was getting very tired. Your demands are excellent. I'm really impressed - you're making history!!

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