‘Leave’: Melbourne University threatens pro-Palestine protesting students with expulsion, police involvement

An Australian university has delivered an ultimatum for pro-Palestine protesters occupying one of their buildings to pack up and leave, or face copping the bill for damages and police intervention.

Staff at the University of Melbourne have formally demanded the sit-in protesters, who have taken over a large building at the Parkville campus, stop their protest amid complaints of classes being disrupted.

In a letter to the encampment, the university’s vice chancellor warns of police intervention and expulsion if they do not vacate.

More than 6000 students have had classes disrupted since the group began protesting nearly four weeks ago.

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Scenes from the occupied building last week as Unimelb for Palestine shifted inside. Credit: News Corp Australia, Instagram

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Pro-Palestine protesters continue to occupy the Arts Building at Melbourne University. NewsWire / David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

The student group Unimelb for Palestine have been leading the protest, calling for the university to cut ties with weapons manufacturers; the university says it has worked with Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon on non-weapons related research, and says all projects comply with ethics, integrity and Defence rules and codes.

Protesters moved into the Arts West building last week and have vowed not to leave, leading to condemnation from university staff.

This move has led to the university issuing formal warnings on Monday.

A letter “authorised” by the vice-chancellor says emergency exits, fire panels and firefighting equipment are obstructed or damaged.

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A letter posted Monday for building-occupying protesters at the University of Melbourne. Credit: News Corp Australia

“The University directs all persons occupying the Arts West building to leave the University’s grounds and remove all personal property from the building,” it says in the letter, which was taped to walls at the university on Monday.

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Liberal Party MP and Jewish man David Southwick spoke to media at the campus on Friday, saying ‘I don’t feel terribly safe’ with a masked pro-Palestine demonstrator who ‘gatecrashed’ his press conference. NCA NewsWire / David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

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International relations masters student Dana Alshaer says Gazan universities have been destroyed, and the protesters want transparency from the University of Melbourne about its involvements with weapons-manufacturing companies. NewsWire / David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

“Any person who contravenes this direction will be trespassing on University grounds and may be referred to Victoria Police.”

Students who do not comply could have their enrolment terminated or sanctioned in other ways, and be required to pay costs to repair damages, the letter warns.

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