BREAKING: King's allegedly deactivated student ID cards ahead of the Queen's visit
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King's College London has allegedly deactivated ID cards belonging to student activists ahead of the Queen's visit. Several members of KCL's activist societies have allegedly had their student ID cards blocked. Students whose ID cards have been deactivated are barred from entering any of the campus buildings. Students are accusing the university of politically profiling activists ahead of the royal visit to the Strand campus. This morning, King's welcomed a visit from the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton for the official opening of Bush House.
In a now-deleted video, members of KCL Action Palestine claim that several security guards confirmed students were being profiled. They also claim that names were reportedly given to the police, this however is unconfirmed.
Such a privilege to welcome Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to King’s for the official opening of Bush House! @RoyalFamily @KensingtonRoyal #LifeAtKings pic.twitter.com/AQLMbTjLp6— King's College London (@KingsCollegeLon) 19 March 2019
'I think this is disgusting,' one member said 'because I have never done anything physically violating university [rules] and I'm deemed a security threat. 'It's literally because of my political views and this is the precedent that King's are setting. King's are saying that if you stand for social justice [and] if you stand for Palestine, you are a security threat. 'I'm a fee-paying student, I pay £9000 and you're cancelling my card. How can you advocate freedom of speech? How can my lecturers tell me [to] think critically when I'm not allowed to go into university purely because I do not agree with the status quo.' Another society allege that a student couldn't attend their exam because of the block. In another deleted video recorded by members of KCL's activist societies, students can be heard asking staff behind the desk whether King's chose 'students who can't go in' for 'security reasons.' The staff member advises them to speak to management. Moments ago, King's published a post stating that today's event "demanded the highest level of security." They stressed that parts of the building were not accessible.
Absolutely disgusted that KCL politically profiled students and blocked their ID cards, preventing them from entering the university purely because the Queen is visiting. @kclsu what are you doing to protect students?— KCL Action Palestine (@KCLAP) 19 March 2019
KCL Action Palestine alleges that the university is threatening student safety by sharing names with the police. Earlier this week, members of the same society stormed a university council meeting chanting 'Happy Israeli Apartheid Week.'
We had an event today which demanded the highest level of security and we had to minimise movement through buildings for security reasons. At times some of our buildings were not accessible.— King's College London (@KingsCollegeLon) March 19, 2019
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