Sit-in students call for freedom of speech

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Students staged a sit in at Sheffield Hallam University’s students’ union – claiming the organisation was suppressing freedom of speech.

Police were called to the Hubs building, Paternoster Row, after 30 students occupied management offices.

They were protesting against a union decision to call upon all student university societies to stop any political fundraising and activism.

The move was sparked by a group campaigning in favour of Palestinian solidarity.

Union officer Deborah Berman said all student groups supported by the union they must work towards the same aims – supporting and enhancing the student experience.

She said activism and fundraising could not be the guiding aims of any society.

Jonny Dickens, Sheffield Hallam Socialist Students member, said: “The latest incident at Hallam union is a clear attempt to depoliticise and silence its students.”

After 45 minutes, the sit-in ended with no arrests
made.