Goldsmiths students occupy building amid accusations the uni celebrates slave owners
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Goldsmiths students occupied Deptford Town 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. Protestors allege that the university initially did not take any action and delayed access to CCTV footage. Since the incident, Hamna lost the election. Goldsmiths students called for a demonstration on Tuesday afternoon to demand action against racism towards students and precariously-employed staff, which escalated into an occupation around 5pm. Thereafter, protestors seized the Council Chamber and taped signs criticising Goldsmiths across doors. The signs criticised the university for 'celebrating slave owners' and not caring about Hamna. Security subsequently attempted to prevent access to the building, initially disallowing additional students and bags of food into the building. Later into the evening, both students and food were allowed through, but access in and out was thereafter restricted. Security also blocked off a fire exit with a grill door, preventing students from entering or leaving via this exit. Goldsmiths Students' Union Welfare and Diversity Officer Mona Mounir and Campaigns and Activities Officer Joe Leam participated in the occupation.
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