Bath students were forced to urinate in bottles after occupying management offices
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On Monday, a group of Bath students were denied the right to go to the toilet by security after occupying senior management offices in Wessex House.
Students occupying the space said their actions were in support of the striking staff, it was organised by the group Bath Students Against Fees and Cuts.
Speaking to The National Student, Chris Knutsen told us that students had to urinate in bottles.
"We were not allowed toilets for 21 hours," he said. "After increasing pressure and intervention from the SU, we were allowed it.
"When we were not allowed toilets we had to urinate in bottles. If we did decide to go to the toilet, we would not have been allowed in, which would have slowly killed the protest. So, we had to work around that."
This is still ongoing. Male and female students forced to urinate in bottles without privacy as security guards are blocking toilets. This is appalling and so needless.— Ollie Brenman (@OllieBrenman) 5 March 2018
This is about more than the occupation, this is about the right to peaceful protest.
Students are able to access water if requested. They can access toilet facilities & can rejoin the protest, but not the gathering inside private office space.— University of Bath (@UniofBath) 5 March 2018
According to their Twitter response, Bath university refused students access to toilets in the private office space.
Students were allowed to leave the occupied space and access toilet facilities in the university building but were not allowed access back to the protest.
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After talks with management, the students' union confirmed that protestors would be allowed entry into the occupation space after using the toilet.
SU Officers have been over to support the students at the occupation of 4W. After talking with the protestors we spoke with the Uni & now students are able to use the toilets and come back in afterwards. The SU is a big advocate for free speech and students’ right to demonstrate.— The SU Bath (@thesubath) 6 March 2018
The occupation was timed to coincide with Founders Day at Bath University, an event that will see the chancellor, Prince Edward, visit.
The group plan to occupy the until Vice-Chancellor, Glynis Breakwell, comes out publicly against UUK's pension plans and Bath University urges them to resume meaningful negotiations with unions.
They are also campaigning for docked staff wages to go towards funding student and staff mental health.
"After the court voted for the Vice-Chancellor and Chair of Council to leave immediately, I do not understand why the university is refusing to listen to stakeholders and students. It is clear we need immediate reform in Bath and students and staff must come together to fight for it."