EXCLUSIVE: King's College London have sent the climate change protesters to court
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An email shown to The National Student has revealed that four climate change protesters involved in the 2017 demonstration against fossil fuels at King's College London have been charged with criminal damage nearly a year and a half after their protest. In February 2017, protesters decorated the entrance hall of King's College London's Strand Campus using multi-coloured chalk spots and slogans including 'Out of time! Divest from oil and gas now!' The group were demanding that King's divest from fossil fuels as part of the fight against climate change. The protesters used water-soluble temporary chalk spray and brought buckets, soap and cloth to clean off the chalk. However, they were stopped from doing so by security. The protest was part of a larger campaign for divestment, which involved an occupation, further protests and a hunger strike, led by movement leader and King's PhD student Roger Hallam. Following the campaign, King's College London announced that it would be divesting from fossil fuels by 2022 and going "carbon free" by 2025, with any returns invested in academic activities, as long as there was no significant impact on financial risk. The email, which was forwarded to The National Student by one of the protesters, Dave Durant, states that he is facing a single charge of criminal damage relating to the events at KCL in February 2017. the value of damage is under £5,000. The number of charges faced by the three other protesters is not stated in the email. Dave, who graduated with a 2:1 in International Politics from King's, currently works with the university as a law conference producer. Speaking exclusively to TNS, Dave told us that he has "been back to the uni since the protest, including to the careers service. Everything seemed amicable.
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