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Soas students occupy university building in solidarity with Gaza

Issue No. 2134

Students at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in London have occupied the Brunei Gallery Suite in protest at a Ministry of Defence exhibition being held there and in solidarity with the people of Gaza.

Socialist Worker reporter Siân Ruddick is currently at the occupation. 'The number of students involved is growing all the time,' she said.

'Management have refused to open the doors while the occupation is in progress, so the people are climbing in through the windows to join the protest.'

The occupation started yesterday afternoon. It follows a recent motion at the student union condemning the exhibition, which absurdly seeks to present Britain's armed forces as liberal and anti-racist organisations.

The students are demanding that the exhibition be closed down and that the college produces a statement condemning the attacks on Gaza, in line with the views of the majority of Soas students.

John Rose, author of The Myths of Zionism, will be speaking at the occupied gallery on the ideology of the Israeli state at 6pm this evening.

You can follow the progress of the SOAS occupation at its dedicated website »

The students are encouraging supporters to visit the occupied gallery and send messages of support to [email protected]

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