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Scottish students solidarity with Gaza

Issue No. 2137

Students in Scotland have been raising solidarity with Gaza through

a wide range of activities, from occupations to student union meetings.

Strathclyde university students went into occupation after a series of meetings and demonstrations.

Students occupied the Registry administration building on campus for 24 hours after issuing a series of demands on the university management.

The students and have now won a series of demands from management.

These include the ending of the university’s contract with Eden Springs water company. The Israeli-owned company has violated international law in Golan Heights by stealing land and water from the people there.

The students also won demands that scholarships will be provided for Palestinian students and that the DEC appeal for aid for Gaza will be publicised on campus.

Students say they will continue to campaign for a transparent, ethical investment policy and to pressure the university to open its books and withdraw any investment from arms companies such as BAE systems.

Elsewhere in Scotland, 80 students demonstrated outside the principal’s office at Dundee university on Friday of last week.

The principal met with the students to hear their demands.

The protesters won some brilliant victories – including divestment of the £200,000 invested in BAE systems, scholarships for Palestinian students and educational materials being sent to Gaza.

On Monday this week the university’s finance committee was directed to immediately withdraw investment from arms companies and to adopt an ethical investment policy.

On Thursday of this week the campus saw the biggest student general meeting for years with almost 200 people assembling to pass two motions on the subject of Gaza.

Some 45 students then attended a Stop the War coalition meeting entitled “Solidarity with Gaza – building the movement on campus” to discuss taking the campaign forward.

In Aberdeen, despite a late start to lectures after exams, students have already had a demonstration on campus in solidarity with Gaza and will be holding meetings and collections for the DEC appeal.

Scotland Stop the War Coalition is holding a conference on 21 February in Glasgow which is a focus for activity on campuses.


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