Students lock out staff

This is how The Guardian reports on the first day of the occupation this morning:

The militant student minority occupying the Senate House at Liverpool University yesterday locked out about 200 of the administrative staff from their offices. They also played over continuous video-tape recordings of their Vice-Chancellor’s speech and questions of the meeting the day before, and held discussions.

Only reporters and cleaners were allowed in the building, the main administrative blockin Abercrombey Square, and senior officers and administrative staff dispersed themselves among the other university departments in the square.

The militants, including members of the Socialist Society – some 300 out of 6,300 students, with a high percentage of sociology and political students – occupied the building on Monday after a meeting addressed by the Vice Chancellor on issues which included files, the position of the Chancellor, Lord Salisbury, and university investments. Moderates stages a counter-demonstration dissociating themselves from the sit-in.

Yesterday most of the students continued with their lectures as usual, many apparently indifferent to the whole business.

Footnote 2009: yes, this was The Guardian, not the Daily Mail!

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Author: Gerry

Retired college teacher living in Liverpool, UK.

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