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Sixteen apprehended over Oxford University Gaza demonstration

Sixteen arrested over Oxford University Gaza protest

Sixteen protesters have actually been apprehended after a University of Oxford structure was locked down due to a profession by a pro-Palestinian group.

Oxford Action for Palestine (OA4P) began a sit-in at the university workplaces on Wellington Square at 08:00 BST.

The group had actually been requiring a conference with the university to examine its policies associating with the Israel-Gaza dispute.

Thames Valley Authorities (TVP) stated it had actually apprehended 16 individuals on suspicion of intensified trespass.

A palestinian flag hanging out of window at the Oxford university offices

A Palestinian flag was hung from a first-floor window [BBC]

It included that a person of the 16 had actually likewise been apprehended on suspicion of typical attack.

BBC Radio Oxford press reporter Phil Mercer-Kelly, who was at the scene, stated numerous individuals were outside the structure, being avoided by cops from going into.

He included there had actually been a “huge motion” as cops required a group of individuals back to Little Clarendon Street to enable paddy wagon to leave.

Protesters had actually gotten to a personal workplace inside the structure, and hung a Palestinian flag out of a window along with a list of their needs.

In a declaration, TVP stated: “Aspects of this demonstration looked for to block the elimination of the individuals apprehended.”

The declaration included that cops were still handling an on-going tranquil demonstration in the city.

It is uncertain if the workplaces at Wellington Square stay in lock down.

People sitting on the street in front of policePeople sitting on the street in front of police

Authorities required some individuals back to Little Clarendon Street [BBC]

A representative for OX4P stated: “Today, Oxford trainees staged a tranquil sit-in to require that the university consult with us after 2 weeks of non-response.

“Rather of taking part in discussion with her trainees, the vice chancellor selected to leave the structure, location it on lockdown, and call the cops to make arrests.

“We require the administration consult with us to work out right away.”

The university has yet to react to an ask for remark.

On 6 Might, so-called “liberated zones” were established at Oxford’s Museum of Nature and King’s College, Cambridge.

The demonstrators required the universities to cut monetary ties with Israel following its offensive in Gaza.

More than 33,000 individuals have actually been eliminated in Israel’s offensive in Gaza, the Hamas-run health ministry there has actually stated, most of them civilians.

Israel turns down allegations that it is taking part in genocidal acts in its project in Gaza, and has actually insisted it deserves to protect itself following the armed attack by Hamas on 7 October.

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