It seems that the noise on the grapevine, that VCs and universities were starting to work together, may not be too far from the truth. Nottingham were forcibly removed from the room, and the staff at Hallam turned out to be lying when they said the protesters would face no repercussions (as they have all been told they are going to be suspended as students).
This peaceful occupation were given another warning (that the University won’t enter dialogue whilst the room is occupied, and that they had the chance to be disciplined, can be read here), with the added threat to leave or that the guards would “remove” them. After deciding to non-violently resist, 9 or so uniformed security guards forcibly removed protesters to outside the building. This was most likely illegal (they are not security guards, and do not have the right to forcibly remove unless you are personally in danger afaik). Screams of pain were heard, items of clothing were broken. They since haven’t been let back in to retrieve items such as jackets, and as such as standing out in the snow with no protection from the cold. Media have been cleared off the campus, police are refusing to take statements alleging of assault by the security guards, etc.
Please send messages of solidarity to the group, and e-mails to their VC informing of this potentially illegal activity.
Sheffied Hallam (in their words):
“Having left the room after intimidation and complete lack of negotiation by management, outright hostility to our demands and threat of arrests by police, we left.
Having agreed to leave peacefully (in accordance with our exclusively peaceful protest) we were assured by the Univeristy Management that students taking part in the occupation would face no repercussions. Today we find that many students were told that due to their taking part in the occupation, they are to be suspended from the university; effectively not being able to take part in lectures, examinations and their learning!”
Sheffield Hallam blog