‘In Gaza, none of the universities are still there’: Why Cardiff students have set up a protest camp

The Cardiffian visits protesters to ask about their demands in support of the Palestinians

PRO-PALESTINE students in an encampment at Cardiff University are protesting against what they say are the university’s ties to arms manufacturers.

The encampment involves students from Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of South Wales and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

As part of the umbrella group Cymru Students For Palestine, which includes the University of Bangor and Swansea University, they are protesting against the conflict in Gaza. There are more than 30 encampments at universities across the UK.

Cymru Students For Palestine has four main demands: that universities disclose their investments, divest from arms companies involved in Israel, reinvest in the Palestinian education system, and support Palestinian students and faculty.

Cardiff University did not respond to a request for comment, but Vice Chancellor Professor Wendy Larner released a statement on May 29 denying direct or indirect relationships to arms companies who have been named in correspondence from Cymru Students For Palestine.

The Cardiffian spoke with Dan, of Cymru Students for Palestine, a Cardiff University student who did not want to share his last name.