Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Message From Chomsky! Live Linkup! Yahya Speaks!

Hey all,

Cardiff Students Against War has just received a message of support from the legendary Noam Chomsky!!

I am very pleased to learn about the courageous and honorable actions of the Cardiff University students. These are particularly significant because of the Britain's role in arms sales generally, and it's contribution to the savage onslaught on Gaza and on the occupied territories generally, second only to the decisive role of the United States -- a disgrace for all of us. I hope you have the greatest success in arousing public opinion and bringing these crimes to an end.

Noam Chomsky

Obviously this is a massive boost to our morale after a rough first night on the cold, hard lecture theatre steps. Thank you Noam!

2.00 Wednesday (today),
Large Shandon Lecture Theatre,
Cardiff University Main Building,
Park Place.

Today at 2.00 the occupation will be hosting a live video link with students in Gaza, organised by Islamic Society. Any technical problems notwithstanding, we will be able to express our support and solidarity face to face with our Palestinian brothers and sisters for whom a different, harsh and negative kind of occupation is an everyday reality. Everyone is welcome to come along, although non-students please email before arriving as security are IDing students on entry and asking for a guest list of non-students. Bear in mind though that we have assurances no-one is to be penalised for attending the occupation, and that security will not attempt to identify you. Cover the name on your uni ID with your finger if you like!


Large Shandon Lecture Theatre.

Saudi trade unionist Yahya Al-Faifi will be speaking about his experiences working for BAE Systems in Saudi Arabia. Yahya is currently fighting deportation from the UK; if sent back to Saudi Arabia he faces imprisonment, torture and possible death for his socialist connections and trade union activities. His family will be uprooted, his children will have to break off their education and obviously they will all face the trauma of their husband and father being harassed by the Saudi state. Please come along and hear him speak, to add weight to our demand that Cardiff University issue a statement in support of his campaign to stay in Britain.

That's all for now folks! Stay tuned for more news and events in and around the occupation.

In solidarity, peace and respect,

Cardiff Students Against War

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