LSE students demonstrate against a white nationalist on campus
Earlier this month LSE students demonstrated against the admission of Peter Cvjetanovic into the university. An open letter was circulated among students to condemn LSE management for admitting the student, an action that, according to protesters “unequivocally contradicts its stated values of equity, diversity and inclusion.”
Cvjetanovic, who started his masters in September, was involved in ‘Unite the Right’ rally which took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. A picture of him shouting and holding a flaming torch was widely circulated and led to him becoming the face of the march.
The ‘Unite the Right’ rally lead to the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer, after a car was deliberately driven into the crowd.
The signatories believed that his presence will have a direct impact on staff and students’ safety.
The open letter demanded from LSE to review whether the student’s beliefs are line with its code of conduct and to allow students sharing courses with him to change their selection without penalties.
“They’re [students] representatives of the school and the school has to be held accountable for who they accept to their alumni association” Anna, an American student doing her exchange at LSE, told London Student.
Another student told LS, “That is why I’m really joining the protest, to let them know that we’re not happy and more should be done. Not necessarily removing him off campus, but denouncing his views”.
A spokesperson for LSE told LS that: “The School is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion for all members of the School community. Students and staff are free to hold and express their own views, however, we expect everyone within the LSE community to treat each other with respect at all times.
“The School has clear codes of conduct, as outlined in our Ethics Code and Student Charter, which sets out what we expect from everyone at LSE and the values we all have a duty to uphold.”
Cvjetanovic made a public statement, saying that he regrets attending the rally and “the things I did and said at that time. I have reflected deeply on my actions and I know that I made mistakes. I am sorry for the hurt that I caused. I do not hold those views now. I have come to LSE to make a fresh start.”
Feature photo from gohsuket