Strathclyde University Occupied by Students

image-upload-16-773604Strathclyde Student Occupation for Gaza

Students at the Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland have occupied the main administration building (McCance) in solidarity with the people of Gaza, and with other students who have taken similar action in Universities across Britain. The occupation followed a ‘march for Gaza’, and despite the ugly and heavy handed attempts by the University security to break up the march the students refused to leave the McCance building and have presented an agreed list of demands to the University authorities.

UPDATE: The University has called in the police. Please express your support by publiczing this widely. Also call the protesting students on: 0759 5626057 or 07989 796 280

A movement has been sweeping across Britain in protest at the the Israeli state’s massacre and the complicity of our government and university. This demonstration builds on the victories across the U.K and beyond in opposing murder in Gaza and all those who support it. The demands which are presently being delivered to the University principal are:

1) Cancel the contract with Eden Springs (an Israeli water company that is the University’s main supplier).

2) Divestment from the arms manufacturer BAE systems and invesigate alternative sources of funding for the Engineering Department.

3) Issue a statement condemning the Israeli states recent massacre of Gaza.

4) Fund and facilitate 50 scholarships for Palestinian students at Strathclyde University.

5) Solidarity with the Islamic University of Gaza: write a letter of support; twin Strathclyde with the university, and aid in its rebuilding.

6) Condemn the BBC for not showing the DEC appeal; show the appeal in lecture theatres and organise a fundraising day on campus.

7) Oppose Israeli academics who promote military research at Strathclyde University


Author: Idrees Ahmad

I am a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling and a former research fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. I am the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). I write for The Observer, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, Dissent, The National, VICE News, Huffington Post, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books (Blog), The New Arab, Bella Caledonia, Asia Times, IPS News, Medium, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and several Pacifica Radio channels.

45 thoughts on “Strathclyde University Occupied by Students”

  1. Keep it up! Just make sure you are inclusive and minimise disruption. This will make you more effective. Record everything and make at least one attempt to engage with management. In solidarity: the students of the occupaition at Nottingham.

  2. Well done!!
    Get in touch if you need to. Be strong and determined comrades!!
    Yours in solidarity
    Sheff Hallam Free Gaza Movement

  3. Well done. stay strong and dont take any crap from anybody.
    the universities are learning from each other so look to nottingham and all other occupations and learn their lessons

    We’ll hopefully send someone down, just as soon as we work out where the hell strathclyde is.

    Strength and solidarity

    Cambridge Gaza Solidarity

  4. I disagree; if you’re in an administrative building, rather than one used by students (which is how it sounds to me from the report) then you should be aiming to cause *maximum* disruption, because this can be targetted at the University itself, not the other students.

    That way you put as much pressure as possible on them to agree to the demands. How else can one hope to be ‘effective’?

    Hope you’ve managed to see off the police.

    Keep up the good work :)

  5. Hi. I just read your comment on the blog- had no idea that you guys had gone in to occupation. I’ve emailed this to the QM e-mail add to add on out blog. If you wanto tell us anything else, you can e-mail QM Occupation at, or phone me. I justvtried ringing you!!!! You have all our support!

  6. Full support to the few that awake the SLEEPING BIG MASS.The university buildings should be an asyloum for free expression as it happens in Greece.
    Keep it up guys and RECORD EVERYTHING!

  7. hi guys! Great job for the Occupation, even though you may not have got any concessions, you inspired thousands of students at your own University, and raised awareness. Don’t give up: set up a group for the Palestinian cause.

  8. Hi guys! Well done. Though you may not have got any concessions, you still bought awareness to the issue not only at your University but on a national level. You’ve also inspired a generation of students who will no longer reamin politically inactive. Keep in touch with us, because though we’ve finished our Occupation, we’re still working for the cause.

  9. Comrades!

    Solidarity from the heart of Jerusalem! Progressive voices are getting stronger in Israel and your actions lift our spirits against the zionist machine!

    Be strong, hold on and all power to you!


  10. Solidarity with your occupation. And good luck. I hope you’re in contact with the numerous other occupations to learn their lessons.

  11. Dear friends,

    Around thirty of us remain in the occupation of the McCance building and are hoping for YOUR support, in whatever form that may be. Please come to the McCance building at any point you’re free – we have taken the entire Registry. Join the rally from 11am, or come earlier and join the occupation.

    Find our Facebook group at



    The occupation: STARTED WEDNESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY, 2009, 2.30pm.

    We demand:

    -Cancel the contract with Eden Springs

    -Divest of arms manufacturer BAE Systems and find
    alternative funding for the engineering department

    -The SU board must issue a statement condemning Israel’s bombing of Gaza

    -Pay for a facilitate 50 scholarships for Palestinian students

    -Show solidarity with the Islamic University of Gaza. Write a letter of support, twin SU with the university and send money to help rebuild it

    -Condemn the BBC for refusing to broadcast the DEC appeal for Gaza, show the appeal in lecture theatres and hold a fundraising day

    -Oppose Israeli academics who promote military research at SU

    We have had two meetings with the Vice Principal, both of which were fruitless – so we are staying here until we get some concrete promises re the above.

  12. dundee uni islamic society are in full support.
    dont give up the fight, they will concede cos they know its right.

    we in collboration with other socities have managed to get dundee uni to divest after a protest on fri. today we are holding 2 mtotions at the union.

    shame i was looking forward to a sit in

  13. I am so moved by this effort. You have my support. I will be happy to help in any fundraiser at Strathclyde (my uni) and I’m sure I know others who will help too.
    Its been a long time coming. I wish you all the best
    Nic Lyon LLB Strathclyde

  14. Well done, all of you. People all over the UK support what you’re doing – change will come. Greetings from the Bradford area.

  15. Where can we find updates on the rally and occupation guys? Stay strong. You are few, but you are interesting and inspiring masses. You are using your voice and making it heard. And you are spaking for those who are being silenced.

  16. There are a lot more of us there in spirit even if we can’t be there in person. Keep up the great work, very important for keeping the issues in the media spotlight.

  17. Well done guys! This is what we need! I know that some of the demands have been met, which are:

    “1. We will not place any further orders with Eden Springs for operational reasons.

    2. Funds for 1-3 scholarships.

    3. Co-operation between students and management in posting Gaza Appeal on campus. Link on Uni website advertising Gaza Appeal.

    Also to the person saying 0.2% of the student body, well it’s made a difference nevertheless hasn’t it?

    4. Press Release reiterating Strathclyde Uni longstanding relationship with the University of Gaza.”

  18. Anna, don’t worry about the detractors, they’ve probably never done anything moral in their lives. Congratulations, on the awesome results. Very inspiring! :)

  19. percentage of students turning out may be low in relation to total student population, but shame on those 98% who sit on their assess and do nothing when there is such injustice sanctioned by our government. This is the 98% who will bleat when the world laments of the Palestinian the way the world now bleats about the American Indian. I bet only 2% of the population condemned the policies and activities of the authorities when they were massacred and ethnically cleansed of the priaries and pushed into “reservations!. Well done and solidarity with the students of conscience.
    viva palestina!

  20. I know I am a twat, but have any of you stopped and thought about why the Israeli’s started their offensive against Hamas in the first place?

    Student bastards

  21. I have thought about why Israel started their offensive against Hamas. Their rocket attacks killed 4 israelis, any loss of life is regrettable. The response to this has been a massacre. Around 400 children killed. UN reports of 80,000 homeless. Do not tell me this is somehow justified.

    This is not an offensive against Hamas – it is a crime against humanity.

  22. I have thought about why Israel started their offensive against Hamas. Their rocket attacks killed 4 israelis, any loss of life is regrettable

    Actually that is untrue. The war was started by Isarel on November 4, when it broke the 6 month truce by killing 6 Palestinians. Hamas still offered an extention of the truce, provided the siege was lifted. Israel refused. That is when the rockets started.

    The actual number of Israeli civilians killed is 3. And the number of dead Paelstinians is more than 1300. I’m afraid good intentions don’t make facts irrelevant.

  23. May God bless all of you, thankyou for everything you are doing, do not give up and do not feel you are alone! We all love you and you give hope to so many more.

    If you need any help from just ask!

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