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King's College London to ban megaphones in a move to improve campus safety

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The management team at King’s College London will follow recommendations to ban megaphones at student protests in a move to improve safety on campus.

Students protestors will allegedly have to demonstrate away from any formal meetings or events. The use of banners or flags will be forbidden within the University’s lecture theatres. 

There will continue to be debates over protesters’ use of cameras, the moderation of speech at certain events by independent chairs and the ticketing of such events. 

A spokesperson from KCL said they will look to take further measures to ensure that “no one going to an event at King’s should feel threatened or intimidated in any way”. 

The new rules come after the protests at events earlier this year. Many students have felt uncomfortable and alarmed by recent protests. King’s College London’s various campuses are 'in use 24/7' and home to a variety of events and activities some of which have been disturbed by protests and demonstrations on campus. 

Following a review commissioned by the Senior Vice President of operations into the events management and procedures, one of the recommendations is 'that we no longer allow the use of megaphones or loudhailers at the location of speeches or events at King’s where the intent is to disrupt.' 

'Given the confined nature of much of our campuses and that they’re in use 24/7,' a King's spokesperson said, 'using megaphones or loudhailers can result in the disruption of the vast range of activities taking place from religious services, teaching and social activities through to performing arts and cultural events.'

The university hopes that moves such as this will limit “the disruption of the vast range of activities” which take place on campus. KCL’s spokesperson emphasised that “universities have a unique challenge to create environments in which open and uncensored debate […] can take place without fear of intimidation and within frameworks of the law.” 

However, isn't that the point of protests? To disrupt activity in order to raise awareness of the cause?  

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