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Gaza sit-in demonstration ended

Demonstrators at Oxford University
Demonstrators at Oxford University

A sit-down demonstration at Oxford University to protest against the actions of the Israeli military in Gaza has been called off.

Up to 90 protesters occupied part of the Clarendon Building, close to the Bodleian Library.

They called for the university to condemn Israel's attack on Gaza and cancel a series of lectures inaugurated by Israeli president Shimon Peres.

Organisers have said that they reached an agreement with the university.

It's not about taking sides - it's about justice for Palestinians
Protest organiser Juliette Harkin

Dozens of students had waved banners and chanted slogans as they stormed in to the Clarendon Building at 1200 GMT.

"It's not about taking sides - it's about justice for Palestinians," said protester Juliette Harkin.

But some students disagreed with the sit-in.

"I think it's ridiculous that they're blockading a student building. We're not responsible - we just have lectures to get to," said one.

As a university deadline, at 1700 GMT, for the protesters to disperse, students were planning to settle in for the night.

However, students called off the demonstration at 1900 GMT, after organisers said they had reached an agreement with Oxford University.


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