Union support for arrested student leader
The UCU at Ulster has written a letter in support of Michael Chessum, the President of the University of London student’s union, who was arrested last week for demonstrating against the planned closure of the union.
ULU reported that Michael ‘was intercepted by several police officers outside the ULU building on Malet Street in Bloomsbury, on his way back from a meeting with University of London management.’
The students; union went on say: ‘This is a clear attack on the right to protest. It is a transparent and shameful attempt to intimidate students from demonstrating against the actions of university management.’
UCU at Ulster’s letter reads:
“The University of Ulster branch of the University and College Union (UCU) would like to offer its support to Michael Chessum, the President of the University of London Union who was arrested on Thursday, 14th November. We understand that Michael was arrested in relation to a protest against the planned closure of the ULU as part of a wider programme of privatisation. We condemn the action taken against him and other students taking part in those protests by the police. Students’ right to peaceful protest against the changes at the University should be fully respected and their voices appropriately considered in any decisions about the future of ULU.”