the rector raises her voice

University of Fribourg, May 14, 2024.Image: KEYSTONE

A pro-Palestinian occupation movement began on Monday at the University of Fribourg. watson joined the rector of Unifr, Katharina Fromm, this Tuesday.

05/14/2024, 2:43 p.m.05/14/2024, 4:09 p.m.

Pro-Palestinian students calling for a ceasefire in Gaza began an occupation Monday at the University of Fribourg. They left the scene before dark. The occupation was to resume this Tuesday afternoon. Among their demands, the occupiers demand that the commemorative plaque in honor of the first president of Israel, one of the architects of Zionism, Chaim Weizmann, be removed from the Mercy building.

As the daily reminds us Freedom Tuesday in an editorial, Chaim Weizmann was a doctoral student at the University of Friborg at the end of the 19e century. The rector of Unifr answered questions from watson.

Katharina Fromm, Chemieprofessorin and new designer of the Universitaet Fribourg, posed for a Portrait, am Mittwoch, 17. May 2023 in a Chemielabor der Universitaet in Fribourg. (KEY...

Katharina Fromm, rector of Unifr.Image: KEYSTONE

Will the commemorative plaque in tribute to Chaim Weizmann be removed as requested by the occupiers in their demands?
Katharina Fromm: At present, we are taking note of the demands of the occupants and we will discuss them with the other members of the rectorate, then give a response. Generally speaking, Unifr does not allow itself to be used for political purposes, regardless of the nature of the intentions of the people making demands.

Will Unifr suspend or renounce its academic ties with Israeli institutes?
Unifr does not tolerate intimidation of university members or the restriction of scientific freedom by activist circles. Our only institutional link with Israel relates to a student exchange, which, obviously, does not require anyone to benefit from it.

“We would like to reject any amalgamation between government policy and academic institutions which are not responsible for current events”

Is there a time limit, in days or weeks, set for occupants for their occupation?
The limit is zero, no occupancy will be tolerated. It is also important to realize that the occupied area on the Pérolles plateau is a sensitive place with numerous passages of people and goods. In the event of a return to the occupation situation, we would file a criminal complaint for trespassing.

“We are already in contact with the police who showed their presence yesterday afternoon, and to whom we would like to express our greatest thanks for the good collaboration”

Occupation of the Geopolis building in Unil

Video: watson

This might also interest you:

Trains connecting Geneva to Milan will be canceled for three months, from June to September. And those who want to take the train to Hamburg, Stuttgart or Paris will have to take a longer journey. The competent politicians capitulate – with the exception of a Ticino resident.

Milan, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Paris: this summer it will be difficult, if not impossible, to get to these cities by train. The reason is the same everywhere: construction sites. In Switzerland, maintenance work is carried out at night in order to maintain the pace of the timetable, but some neighboring countries such as Germany have decided to completely close lines for the duration of the work. This summer, several of them are affected, in all our neighboring countries. The interruption of the Geneva-Milan line at Domodossola, however, caused particular excitement.




PREV Rivesaltes-Axat railway line: “The State and the SNCF must stop begging!”, castigates the PCF
NEXT Val-d’Oise: a new ecological and social garden on the banks of the Oise