Birmingham Guild of Students has announced that it is holding a demonstration on Wednesday, the 26th of March. This follows the ongoing suspension of two students and the general repression of protest on campus in the past months. The demonstration is also supported by the local UCU branch.
The call-out states:
“On 29th January, five students were suspended by the University of Birmingham in relation to their involvement with a protest. Two of those students are still suspended, without hearing or right to appeal, despite not having been found guilty of any crime. They are banned from campus, not allowed to submit work, and until very recently, were not allowed to access welfare services. We feel this violates the principle of “innocent until proven guilty”, threatens the right to protest and sets a dangerous precedent for students in Birmingham and across the country.
We call on the University to lift the suspensions with immediate effect and reinstate these two students. Come and demonstrate against the suspensions and for your right to protest! Meet at 1pm outside the Guild of Students. Students and staff welcome.”
The demonstration will start at 1pm outside the Guild of Students. More detailed information, including a list of the speakers, will follow soon.
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