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Goldsmiths uni say protestors had access to food despite students using pulley system


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Students occupying Goldsmiths's Deptford Town Hall were allegedly denied easy access to food and water.

Pictures circulating on social media show supplies being winched up to the occupiers via a pulley system.

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.

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.

The Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid, also criticised Goldsmiths in a tweet for restricting access to food and water.

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.”

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