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Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:15 PM
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Storm Of Student Protest Over Gaza Gathers Force
Sit-ins at 16 universities spell return to radicalism, fuelled by social networking and blogs

Friday 23 January 2009 17.33 GMT

A group of 15 students are sitting at the back of the lecture theatre. Some are wearing scarves associated with the Palestinian movement, others hold the Palestinian flag. They are silent, apart from the few words one of them utters at the beginning of the lecture explaining why they are there: as part of a symbolic silent protest to show solidarity with the people of Gaza.

On the walls are photos of the conflict, showing men carrying blood-splattered children and posters calling for the massacre in Gaza to stop. In the corner of the room is a pile of sleeping bags and a table stacked with bottled water and cartons of fruit juice.

Over the last week, a storm of student protests has gathered over 16 universities across England, suggesting that students are awakening from the political apathy of which they are often accused. It's enough to bring a tear to the eye of ageing sixties radicals.

Starting at the School of Oriental and African Studies, occupations in protest at events in Gaza spread to King's College London and the London School of Economics (LSE), then out of the capital to Sussex, Warwick, Newcastle, Oxford, Essex, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan, Bristol, Nottingham, Salford, and Kingston.

At Sussex, students have occupied the arts lecture theatre 24 hours a day sincea meeting with a controversial British Palestinian academic, Azzam Tamimi, on Tuesday night.

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GUARDIAN UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/jan/23/student...
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:21 PM
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1. Bless them for standing up against the profound injustice,
the unimaginable carnage and morally reprehensible behavior towards civilians.
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