Members of the Newcastle University Occupation has been handed a letter demanding that the occupation ends at 12 noon today (10th December 2010). The letter cites the ‘disruption’ we have caused as well as supposed illness amongst members of the occupation.
The occupation would like to reiterate that we have never sought to disrupt the normal activity of the university. The letter recognises this but fails to acknowledge the disruption caused by university management, as they have relocated lectures – sometimes against the will of those teaching them. We would also like to highlight and express our gratitude to the many lecturers, members of staff and students who have supported the occupation so far.
As for illness, the favourable relationship with security has until now meant that anybody who has been in the occupation has been here through their own free will and there has been no compulsion to stay.
We call on everyone who supports the occupation to rally outside the Fine Art building of Newcastle University at 12 noon today.