KCL activists’ access cards ‘blocked’ during royal visit from Queen
Activists at King’s College London have allegedly had their access cards blocked, preventing access to the university and from attending exams, work shifts, classes and assessed presentations.
This comes as the Queen, who is a patron of KCL, and the Duchess of Cambridge today visit Bush House, part of the KCL campus.
So far ten students have reported being affected, all of who are core organisers of popular campaigns such as KCL Justice For Cleaners and KCL Intersectional Feminist Society
A spokesperson for KCL Justice for Cleaners said: “Despite KCL regularly referring to itself as an institution of progressive values, in reality they would rather wall-off the campus to all those who dare to challenge violence and injustice promoted by the University.
“Their regular defence of free speech and the so-called ‘Chicago Principles’, which has allowed the University to facilitate fascists, murderers and transphobes alike in its lecture theatres, has now been thrown out in the face of students with leftist politics.”
A spokesperson from KCL said: “We had an event today which demanded the highest level of security and we had to minimise movement through buildings for security reasons. At times some of our buildings were not accessible.”
One student affected said: “This legally questionable and morally unjustifiable approach to security taken by King’s College London should be opposed by all who support political freedom.
“This will not reduce our audacity, tenacity or belief in better working conditions, an end to Israeli apartheid in Palestine or a better university and society, free of hypocritical, profiteering university management and irrelevant, undemocratic and aristocratic figureheads alike”.