By Jennie Slevin
The group. who are protesting against the Governments budget cuts and the influence of property laws over human rights, have been camping at Bournemouth University’s pedestrian entrance by Boundary Roundabout for over a week.
Bournemouth University closed the entrance, blocking off the protesters and forcing students to use a separate entrance at the end of last week, in a move that they said was made to protect the students.
Toby Horner, president of Bournemouth University’s Student’s Union, says that students are being polled this week to discuss whether putting up a fence was an appropriate action to take. He says that the SU will be taking a stance by the end of the week.
“We’ll have a much better understanding of the wider student body feels about it and then we’ll be able to set our stance on whether we pressure the university to take down the fence and any action after that.”
Occupy Bournemouth’s initial hope was that their presence would lead to a meeting with the University’s Chancellor, Lord Chief Justice Nicholas Philips, who is also the head of the UK Supreme Court.
Today, Bournemouth University’s estates facilites manager, Stuart Laird met with protester, Gary Sherborne and Toby Horner to discuss the effects of the protest and the make-shift fence on the students.
Stuart Laird said that the protesters will be evicted, but Occupy Bournemouth spokesperson Gary, said he won’t be happy to leave until the Lord Phillips agrees to talk with the group.
You can listen to the debate here:
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