Police end student occupation of building at Radboud University

Protesters being led away from the Erasmus building on Monday. Photo: ANP/HH/Marcel Krijgsman

Police have broken up a student protest in Nijmegen after around 150 people occupied the Erasmus building at Radboud University.

Around 30 students were led out of a second-floor wing of the building at 11.30pm on Monday after refusing repeated requests by the university to leave.

Police in riot gear took down a makeshift barricade from the entrance to the wing and led the protesters one by one out of the building. Another group of more than 100 students who were demonstrating in the entrance hall were also escorted out.

A handful of demonstrators were dragged or carried away as the demonstration ended peacefully. Police said they had not used force other than “a bit of pushing and pulling”.

The students have been calling for two weeks for the university to sever its ties with institutions in Israel and speak out against the country’s intervention in Gaza.

They said they occupied the building on Monday in protest at their demands being ignored.

“We are doing this because the university still hasn’t broken its ties with Israeli institutions,” spokesman Ties van den Boogaard told Omroep Gelderland. “They’ve done nothing with our demands for 14 days.”

The university offered to hold talks with the protesters on Monday evening, on condition that they left immediately afterwards.

But the talks failed to reach a resolution and the university issued a statement at 10pm telling the group to leave the building within an hour.

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