UCL Occupation - Stop the Victimisation of Students!
Bankrupting students for protesting against student bankruptcy? On Monday 21st March, UCL students occupied the Registry in support of University and Colleges Union (UCU) strike action, and in protest at UCL’s plans to increase fees. The occupation has been entirely non-violent, and occupiers have kept the space open for students and staff to enter. They have also stated that they would allow absolutely essential Registry activity to take place. UCL is victimising students identified on CCTV footage and is threatening to make them liable for the costs of the occupation. In the last occupation, due to UCL’s abuse of the legal process and unnecessarily aggressive behaviour, costs ran to nearly £40,000. This victimisation of peaceful protesters is unfair and unacceptable. This could all end now. We, the undersigned, urge UCL management to issue a guarantee that no student will face disciplinary action or expenses, so that the occupation of UCL Registry can end as soon as possible.