/ 16 May 2024

A stand-off with students

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Tensions are escalating at Aussie universities after hundreds of students stormed a building at the University of Melbourne yesterday in the latest in a growing number of on-campus protests over the war in Gaza. At least 40 students refused to leave last night after the university ordered the crowd of pro-Palestinian protestors to disperse – and the administration is now threatening to call in police. Students at protest camps at ANU in Canberra and Deakin University in Perth are also in a stand-off with uni leaders after refusing to clear out. The protests in Melbourne came as Victoria’s parliament yesterday banned MPs from wearing the keffiyeh, a scarf symbolising solidarity with Palestinians – the justification from Speaker Maree Edwards being MPs were not allowed to wear ”political paraphernalia”.

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