More than 130 people from diverse backgrounds attended a public meeting at Dundee university on Monday to discuss Tayside constabulary’s Special Branch unit activities on campus. It is gathering intelligence against students.
Carlo Morelli, from the UCU lecturers’ union, said that institutional racism was behind the targeting of Muslims and stated that UCU would “protect and defend students”.
UCU is calling on its members not to participate in monitoring “Asian looking students”.
SNP MSP Shona Robinson highlighted the government’s authoritarian measures. Activist Esther Sassaman urged people to get involved in the campaign.
Muslim Association of Britain spokesperson Osama Saeed spoke on the ramifications of the police isolating Muslims and the duty of Muslims to oppose oppression.
Sumiya Hemsi, Dundee university student and meeting chair, hoped that “people would speak to others in their workplaces and homes and continue to fight”.
The meeting also supported the People’s Assembly and two of the main organisers of the meeting will be attending the event
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
Phone 020 7278 6694 l E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org