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Cops evict students from university lecture hall

The Local · 17 Nov 2011, 09:40

Published: 17 Nov 2011 09:40 GMT+01:00

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Some of the 900 students who had met in the hall refused to leave in protest at poor academic conditions and for more student say in university operations, Der Tagesspiegel newspaper reported. Trespassing charges were filed against 56 people.

The sit-in came ahead of larger rallies planned nationwide on Thursday to protest what students see as problems at German universities, including a lack of funding. The rallies are planned for up to 40 cities around Germany, the largest of which is expected to be in Berlin, where 5,000 people will gather before city hall.

The Free University’s General Student Committee, which represents the interests of students, condemned the police action and university leadership on Wednesday.

In a statement to Der Tagesspiegel it said the university had demonstrated a “lack of understanding of student concerns and a lack of interest in equal communication with the student body.”

A police spokesman told the newspaper that officers had hoped students would leave after being first “asked nicely,” but they refused after being given a final deadline of 10 pm.

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17:06 November 17, 2011 by asteriks
Angela Merkel became Angela Mubarak. Will NATO make war for human rights: to safe students from police? I doubt.
17:26 November 17, 2011 by derExDeutsche

No, NATO doesn't care, theres no Oil in Germany.

'SPEND MORE MONEY ON ME' the protesters screech, 'MORE FREE STUFF'

No wonder they dislike Capitalism so much, it can't possibly provide them all the free services they desire. Luckily, they still have EU countries to Bankrupt instead.
22:45 November 17, 2011 by rfwilson
....or as Margaret Thatcher had said......

"The problem with socialism, is that sooner or later you run out of other people's money."
04:58 November 25, 2011 by Nemo2010
@rfwilson...too true! Top that off with the fact that libraries are free. There was a time when the learned of the world, including many of the self-made men, were self educated. What did that great American architect say about institutions of "higher" learning? ...Stuffy armchair knowledge, or something to that effect.
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