Pro-Palestine protesters refuse to leave Melbourne University building

Pro-Palestine protesters refuse to leave Melbourne University building

Pro-Palestine protesters have refused to leave Melbourne University’s Arts West building, after another day of student protest activity across the city.

About 100 people stormed the institution’s building yesterday, setting up tents, camping chairs, and banners.

Classes usually held in the building were today rescheduled, according to the university.

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The University of Melbourne regrets to advise there is no access to Arts West today, due to disruption and safety issues caused by protest activity within that building.” the university said in a statement.

“Classes will therefore not take place in that building.

“Alternative arrangements will be communicated via subject coordinators. Students with classes scheduled in Arts West are being advised, and are asked to check the Learning Management System (LMS) for updates.”

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Victoria Police said it was notified of the protest but had not been asked to “intervene or remove the protesters”.

“Police are monitoring the event and will respond to any public order issues if required,” police said in a statement.

“Melbourne University is presently managing the situation.

“Victoria Police is liaising with Melbourne University to provide assistance when and if that is required.”

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There have been similar scenes at Deakin University and Monash University over the past two days.

It comes after thousands of Pro-Palestine protesters took to city streets and occupied Melbourne Central shopping centre in a show of solidarity with students occupying university campuses yesterday.

As some traders pulled their shutters, the group sat peacefully surrounded by police before they made their own way out of the centre and into a busy intersection.

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