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Success of BBC Scotland occupation

Issue No. 2135

An 150-strong occupation at BBC Scotland headquarters in Glasgow on Sunday finished after four hours.

The BBC agreed that a delegation can meet Ken McQuarrie, controller of the BBC Scotland, and Atholl Duncan, head of news for BBC Scotland, on Wednesday 28 January.

The protesters were happy that their action had increased the pressure on the BBC over its refusal to show the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for Gaza

Tony Benn had phoned the occupation to offer his support, saying 'The decision to occupy the BBC in Glasgow must be understood as a plea for the people of Gaza, who are suffering so much and who need our help to help get the money through'

The occupation had three main demands:

  • That the BBC reverse its decision and show the DEC Appeal for Gaza.
  • That the BBC director responsible for the decision not to air the appeal should be asked to resign.
  • That the BBC show coverage of the outrage of the British people against the stopping of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Glasgow Stop the War Coalition is asking people who support humanitarian aid to Gaza to gather outside the BBC on Wednesday at 4.30pm.

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