University of Bern: pro-Palestinian demonstrators were evacuated by the police

University of Bern: pro-Palestinian demonstrators were evacuated by the police
University of Bern: pro-Palestinian demonstrators were evacuated by the police

The police intervened early Wednesday morning to evacuate a few dozen pro-Palestinian students who had occupied the University of Bern since Sunday, the establishment’s management reported in a press release.

The police went to the site at the request of management, which on Monday had deemed any occupation “unacceptable”.

These students want to denounce the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, triggered by the unprecedented attack carried out on October 7 on Israeli territory by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

The thirty occupants still present on the premises left the site around 5 a.m. They chanted pro-Palestinian slogans outside the buildings, before withdrawing, noted a journalist from the Keystone-ATS agency.

Dozens of activists have occupied several university premises since Sunday evening, including the university restaurant.

They called for an “academic boycott of Israeli institutions.” The university gave them an ultimatum to leave the premises, but they ignored it.

University rector Christian Leumann said he was ready to continue “a constructive dialogue” but believes that “an occupation and politically motivated demands do not provide a framework for a constructive dialogue”, in a press release published on Wednesday.

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