The Rectorate files a complaint against the occupation of Uni Mail

The Rectorate files a complaint against the occupation of Uni Mail
The Rectorate files a complaint against the occupation of Uni Mail

Six days after the start of the occupation of Uni Mail by pro-Palestinian students, the Rector of the University of Geneva announced that she had taken legal action. A criminal complaint for home invasion has been filed.

Negotiations between the University and the Palestine-University of Geneva Student Coordination (CEP) did not result in any agreement. In a press release, the rector Audrey Leuba informs that the final meeting this afternoon with some of the mobilized students came to an end: “We deplore this, after all the progress made since Tuesday to find a way of dialogue. However, we can say to ourselves that we tried everything to achieve this.”

This Sunday, negotiations between the CEP and the alma mater had already failed to put an end to the occupation of the Uni Mail hall. In this context, UNIGE announced the strengthening of security measures on campus. The next day, Audrey Leuba’s teams finally chose to file a complaint and, thus, leave the police forces the choice of intervening at Uni Mail for an evacuation.

Anne Hiltpold calls for evacuation

Faced with the stagnation of the situation, State Councilor Anne Hiltpold (DIP) took a position. She requests the evacuation of the university building. The State Councilor considers that “this situation of illicit occupation has lasted too long and must end. The premises should be evacuated.” indicates a spokesperson for the department.

Demonstration proposal refused

The rector indicates that she proposed to the CEP delegation to continue its action “as part of an authorized event, with a stand complying with the rules relating to events within the institution, and supported by an association recognized by the Rectorate”. Proposal refused by pro-Palestinian students.

The Alma mater would like to recall: “our university is a place of debate, exchange and development of critical thinking, with respect for the culture and beliefs of others, with respect for the individual . No intimidation can be tolerated there.”

Earlier in the day, the CEP called for a rally at 5:00 p.m., in front of the University.

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