Last night at least fifteen police officers, both uniformed and undercover, were present at Royal Holloway Student Union engaging in the profiling and searching of students. No students were consulted prior to the operation.
The extensive and heavy-handed police presence created an unsafe and intimidating environment. When one student, ULU Vice President Daniel Cooper, attempted to challenge police action he was man-handled to the ground by seven officers and subsequently arrested. He still has not been released.
We strongly condemn the presence of police on our university campus. We demand that police presence be limited to exceptional circumstances.
We further condemn the arrest of Daniel Cooper for merely challenging the police on their stop and search policy.
We call on the principal and his management team to join us in condemning the arrest of Daniel Cooper and demand they revoke the police’s permission to parade on campus uninvited by students.
**PLEASE SHARE AND CIRCULATE**
RHUL ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE