Thirty five students at Goldsmiths College in south east London came to a discussion on Thursday of last week against the attacks on civil liberties.
The meeting, organised by Goldsmiths student union, featured journalist Victoria Brittain, human rights lawyer Louise Christian and Respect councillor Lutfa Begum.
Louise Christian spoke about the way in which legal principles have been torn up in the wake of the “war on terror”.
Victoria Brittain spoke about the imprisonment of “suspects” without trial.
Speaking about the attacks on the niqab, Lutfa talked about how she overcame her own prejudices towards the way in which women in Britain dressed when she first arrived in this country. “It is just a matter of tolerance, nothing else,” she said.
There was a discussion from the floor about the role of the media in perpetuating myths surrounding the veil and the Muslim community.
The meeting voted to campaign to ensure that the college does not decide to heed government advice to spy on Muslims on campus.
The student union has voted to pay for ten delegates to attend the People’s Assembly against Islamophobia in London on 18 November.
A People’s Assembly Islamophobia and the War on Terror
Speakers include Tony Benn, Moazzam Begg, Mark Steel, Anas Altikriti, Lindsey German, Walter Wolfgang, Salma Yaqoob, Mohammed Abdul Kahar and Abdul Koyir (wrongly arrested Forest Gate brothers)
Open to delegates and observers £6/£4 Saturday 18 November 10am-5.30pm Camden Centre, Judd Street, London WC1H
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