After UNIL, a mobilization begins at EPFL

After UNIL, a mobilization begins at EPFL
After UNIL, a mobilization begins at EPFL

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May 7, 2024 – 3:23 p.m.

(Keystone-ATS) After the University of Lausanne (UNIL), the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL) is in turn the subject of mobilization. Pro-Palestinian students peacefully occupy a hall. Management blocked access to the building.

The hall of the architectural building “is occupied by around fifty demonstrators,” Emmanuel Barraud, EPFL spokesperson, explained to Keystone-ATS on Tuesday. Participants sit on the floor. Tents and food were brought to the site.

The students sent a request for discussion to management around noon. “We are in the process of organizing the continuation,” explained the spokesperson. He confirms that access to the building has been closed, preventing other students from reaching the occupied hall. The media were allowed entry.

In a press release, the collective presented its demands. They join those of the group which has occupied the Géopolis building on the neighboring UNIL site since last Thursday.

Students demand “an academic boycott” of Israeli institutions and “an end to censorship at EPFL”, in connection with the recent suspension of the feminist association Polyquity. They also plead for a ceasefire in Gaza, for the restoration of funding for UNRWA and for an end to “occupation and apartheid”.

A call to join the occupation was launched at midday on Tuesday.




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