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Swastikas found in University of Exeter student accommodation


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The University of Exeter has announced it is launching an investigation after a swastika was carved into a door and 'Rights for Whites' signs were found in its halls of residence. 

The incident has raised concerns over anti-semitism and racism on campus for the second time this academic year.

Last term, the University hit the news after reports emerged that students of one sports club had been photographed wearing t-shirts with anti-semitic and racist slogans on them, including "the Holocaust was a good time" and "Don't speak to me if you're not white". 

Student paper Exepose broke the news of the swastika, found in the on-campus Birks Grange accommodation site. The paper reports that the university took over a week to remove the offensive symbol, and only did so once Exepose had sent photographs to officials. 

The 'Right for Whites' sign was present in a different block, Llewellyn Mills. A union flag was also present on the poster, which was attached to a student's bedroom door. 

A university spokesperson told the press that the offending poster and graffiti had been removed, and that a full investigation had been launched.

It is the latest in a series of incidences that suggest anti-semitism is rife on UK university campuses. Oxford University Labour Club recently came under investigation for alleged anti-semiticism within the society, and NUS President Malia Bouattia was accused of "anti-semitic rhetoric" when she took office last year. 

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