Western U president's office occupied in protest over campus ban of London activists

April 20, 2012

A group of about 40 demonstrators occupied the office of Western University's president for half an hour Thursday to protest the banning of a pair of London activists from campus. The ban stems from the activists' participation in a protest on February 1 that interrupted an event organized by Israel On Campus. There were no injuries sustained or arrests made at Thursday's event and president Amit Chakma was engaged in off-campus meetings at the time. Though the men banned say Western U is trying to silence them, the university stands behind its decision to bar them from campus. "This has never been about free speech. This is about conduct and safety," says the VP of resources and operations. In a letter to Chakma, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association called on the university to overturn the ban. Western U says it has already begun a review into the circumstances surrounding the trespass notices issued at the time of the February incident. London Free Press | Western U Statement