We’ve had some press in the Socialist Worker:
“Around 150 students have been in occupation at Warwick University since Wednesday 21 January. Students have taken over a lecture theatre and are holding meetings, film showings and debates about Gaza.
Speakers have included a member of Jews For Justice For Palestinians and supporters from the lecturers’ University and College Union.
Warwick University has strong links with the arms trade. One of the student demands is that the university cuts all ties with BAE Systems and other companies that supply arms to Israel.”
Yesterday was a slightly more laid-back day than Thursday. During the day, we made banners and wrote a group letter to send out to Palestinian universities, asking what they need in terms of aid. At 2pm, we had a theatre workshop that moved to create a Temporary Autonomous Zone outside the library.
Later on, we had a talk from socialist councillor Rob Windsor, who represents St Michael’s ward in Coventry. He said he would come out and oppose the University’s statement that there were only 14 people in here on Thursday, as he was here, with us. He vocalised his support for our campaign, and made clear his resources were at our disposal. He also emphasised the need of staying united after this occupation, and after this campaign.
The main task for yesterday afternoon was responding to the University’s statement about our demands. Before formalising this, our projector went down (probably a blown bulb, but we can’t get into the room to check) so we went on to just casually debate and relax after a stressful few days.
Also yesterday, we had some interesting talks with people that accused us of being too pro-Palestinian. It seems our message of being for the victims of both sides is not getting across clearly. We know that now and are working hard, with some of our critics, to make sure our dedication to both Israeli and Palestinian victims is clear.