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King's say they are launching a review into the blocked ID cards


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Recently, King's College London was accused of blocking ID cards belonging to student activists ahead of the Queen's visit.

In a joint statement, several of KCL's activist societies alledgeD that students were barred from entering any of the campus buildings.

The societies accused the university of politically profiling activists ahead of the royal visit to the Strand campus.

The university released a statement via an email to staff and students saying that King's needed to consider 'minimising movement through parts of the campus' and therefore some buildings were inaccessible.

'Some members of our community have raised complaints about how arrangements for the Bush House opening, particularly those relating to access to buildings, were managed during the event.

'In response to these complaints, Dr Ian Tebbett, Senior Vice President for Operations, is commissioning a full and independent review of the arrangements to assess the processes that were followed.

'We plan to start this review in the next few days.'

On the day, 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 said several security guards confirmed students were being profiled and names were given to the police.

In the days following the Queen's visit, King's students protested outside of the Strand campus. Speakers called the university 'disgusting' for clamping down on the society KCL Action Palestine. 

TNS asked members whether anyone from the activist societies was willing to speak to us, they declined and referred us to the online statement. 

Earlier this month, KCL's Action Palestine released a statement stating that the Israel Society racially profiled students and cancelled multiple tickets to their event.

However, KCL Israel Society denied claims that they racially profiled ticket holders.

More to follow.

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