Fribourg: University occupied by students demanding a ceasefire in Palestine

Fribourg: University occupied by students demanding a ceasefire in Palestine
Fribourg: University occupied by students demanding a ceasefire in Palestine

The University of Friborg is facing the same actions as Lausanne, Geneva and Berne. Students occupy the premises of the PER21 building in Pérolles, demanding a firm position from Unifr vis-à-vis Israel.

The PER21 site is the scene of a peaceful demonstration for a ceasefire in Palestine. © Charly Rappo, pretext photo

The PER21 site is the scene of a peaceful demonstration for a ceasefire in Palestine. © Charly Rappo, pretext photo

The international academic boycott movement has reached Fribourg. This Monday, students peacefully occupied the hall of PER21, a building at the University of Friborg (Unifr), as a sign of disagreement with the institution. In a press release, the actors, who specify that they do not have a leader or leader, refuse to finance and justify “the continuation of the surge of violence on the Palestinian population”. The demonstration, whose duration has not been specified, is peaceful and aims to carry a message of hope and a call for peace.

In their text, the demonstrators call in particular on the University of Friborg to end all collaboration with Israeli institutions until Israel respects a permanent ceasefire, “international law, puts an end to the regime of apartheid as well as the occupation of the Palestinian territories. They also demand that the academic institution provide support to Palestinian researchers and students, or that it adopt a firm position condemning the genocide in Gaza and in favor of an immediate and permanent ceasefire. In addition, the claimants are demanding the removal of the commemorative plaque of Chaim Weizmann, former president of Israel and doctoral student at the Faculty of Sciences of Unifr in 1899, from the Miséricorde site.

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