Part of a still growing web of university actions across the UK in solidarity with the people of Gaza, and as efforts toward an academic boycott gain renewed force, students at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland have just emerged proclaiming victory from their overnight liberation and a solidarity rally on campus that resulted in significant gains. Their statement reads as follows:
University of Strathclyde Principal Andrew Hamnett has conceded the following:
“1. We will not place any further orders with Eden Springs for operational reasons.
2. Funds for 1-3 scholarships.
3. Co-operation between students and management in posting Gaza Appeal on campus. Link on Uni website advertising Gaza Appeal.
4. Press Release reiterating Strath Uni longstanding relationship with the University of Gaza.”
We have also secured the uni’s commitment to a public debate between representatives of BAE Systems and anti-war student activists, on the weapons manufacturers’ ethical credentials and whether the talents of our engineering students should be used for BAE’s benefit.
We consider this a victory and have already done a lap of the uni in celebration. We are simultaneously elated, exhausted and looking ahead to the battles to come. The struggle must continue until BAE is evicted from Strathclyde and freedom and justice is secured for the people of Palestine.
Today we have taken a tiny step towards the final victory.
The Strathclyde Uni Occupation