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Students occupy the LSE in solidarity with Libyan revolt

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2240

The LSE occupation (Pic: Socialist Worker)

The LSE occupation (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Students at the London School of Economics (LSE) in central London have occupied the senior management dining suite.

They are protesting against the university's links with the Colonel Gaddafi’s regime in Libya and in solidarity with the Libyan revolt.

The students are demanding that the university issues a statement condemning the brutality of the regime and of Saif Gaddafi, Colonel Gaddafi’s son, who is a graduate of LSE and a defender of the Libyan regime.

The students are also demanding that the university revokes Saif's alumni status and reject the annual instalments of £1.5 million from the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation.

They also want management to pledge that they will not accept grants and donations from oppressive regimes in the future.

Niamh, a second year student in the occupation, told Socialist Worker, 'No one can condone the actions of the Gaddafi regime. The university cannot just issue a statement trying to placate people.

“This money is blood money, it was never LSE’s money. It should be given back to the Libyan people.'

The occupiers are calling on other students to join them. Students across Britain have another day of action planned to defend education this Thursday – Day X 4.

Students at other colleges plan to occupy this week.

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Tue 22 Feb 2011, 19:44 GMT
Issue No. 2240
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