Goldsmiths uni say protestors had access to food despite students using pulley system
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Without open door access, these are the measures we are having to take to keep friends currently occupying fed & hydrated! @GoldsmithsUoL Open the doors!!!!!! #GoldOccupy #MyRacistCampus #OneGoldsmiths pic.twitter.com/yWrs284bkB— n (@nishatseema) March 15, 2019
Goldsmiths students occupied the hall after a candidate had her campaign material vandalised. Hamna Imran, who ran for Education Officer, had her posters vandalised with 'Wote Hamna' mocking her accent. The incident was reported as a hate crime by the candidate herself. Protestors allege that the university initially did not take any action and delayed access to CCTV footage. However, Goldsmiths deny this saying that they responded to the complaint formally within five working days. Posts published by the occupiers show what appeared to be a siege, with students locked into the building and guards allegedly trying to force their way into occupied rooms.
SMT are sending mass emails to students LITTERED with lies! Essential needs are having to be delivered to current occupiers using a pulley system, not via main entrance! Fire exits are also blocked without security guards present! #GoldOccupy Shame on you, @GoldsmithsUoL pic.twitter.com/PymxXDdTNI— n (@nishatseema) March 16, 2019
Day 4 of occupation. They have shut down the WiFi, they are refusing to let in any clothes or sleeping bags, they are attempting to close our access to any windows and spare rooms and are now threatening us with legal and disciplinary action as well as the police.— gold_anti_racism (@GoldAntiRacism) March 15, 2019
#Goldsmiths threatening #GoldOccupy w forcing their way into the room. They removed access to prayer/quiet space room we set up for ppl of faith & developmentally disabled occupiers. BME students protesting racism? wellbeing disregarded #GoldRacistCampus #ShabbatShaFuckYou pic.twitter.com/wkgU9kGGnw— gold_anti_racism (@GoldAntiRacism) March 15, 2019
SMT lied once again, they stated that security were next to the fire exits in case of emergency. Instead there are padlocked fire exits but with no security members standing near. This puts the lives of student and security in danger. #onegoldsmiths @GoldsmithsSU @GoldsmithsUoL pic.twitter.com/3hr0CWseg3— gold_anti_racism (@GoldAntiRacism) March 15, 2019
Yesterday one of our occupiers who has autism was violently pushed by security as they attempted to get in through a door triggering a panic attack. They should not be touching us in the first place and management was well aware if their condition.— gold_anti_racism (@GoldAntiRacism) March 16, 2019
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The NUS Black Students' Campaign, which represents students from African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean backgrounds across the UK, has also passed an emergency motion in support of the occupation.
Occupiers have been physically harmed and assaulted during our time here. Consistently we have practiced non-violence and friendliness yet we have had our hands crunched in doors, been barged in to walls with shoulder injuries and have been effectively under siege.— gold_anti_racism (@GoldAntiRacism) March 16, 2019
The Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid, also criticised Goldsmiths in a tweet for restricting access to food and water.
Emergency Motion: Solidarity with the occupiers of Deptford Town Hall, Goldsmiths College Passes #NUSBlack19— NUS Black Students (@nusBSC) March 16, 2019
A spokesperson for Goldsmiths, University of London said: “We take the safety of all our students and staff very seriously and consulted with London Fire Brigade who were content with our evacuation arrangements while Deptford Town Hall remained closed. “The building has re-opened this morning and protestors are free to come and go as they wish within usual opening hours. “Food and non-alcoholic drink has been allowed in throughout the protest, and a number of drinking water taps are accessible to the protesters at all times. “Goldsmiths respects the right to peaceful protest. Any allegations of violent behaviour should be reported with details to the College so that they can be investigated.” Image Credit: Novembersierras
Love, solidarity & power to @GoldAntiRacism & everyone supporting the occupation who are campaigning against the racism students face on campus.
Instead of addressing the institutional racism, @GoldsmithsUoL have stopped supplies of food & water to students. Wtf?! Shameful!