“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” ~ Anatole France, The Red Lily, 1894
Scumbag College in Faraday Street, Carlton was evicted at 6am this morning by about 30 police. There were no arrests. Students are still formulating a response.
According to Union Solidarity, “Victorian Trades Hall Council Campaigns Coordinator Bronwyn Halfpenny has confirmed that unions will meet next week to consider what kind of industrial action will be taken by Trades Hall.” This follows a previous utterance by Secretary Brian Boyd that the Trades Hall Building Industry Group would take appropriate industrial action in the event of an eviction.
Police evict university squatters
Student squatters evicted from Melbourne University properties
Evicted uni squatters to sleep on campus
January 14, 2009
Melbourne University says it is relieved the squatters have finally been evicted.
Acting Vice-Chancellor, Peter McPhee says the university knew yesterday that the students were to be evicted, but the final decision was made by the Sheriff’s office.
“The students had made it very plain publicly that they had no intention of leaving the building, so of course the sheriff’s office had to make a decision about the right moment to make sure that they did,” he said.
“We’re very relieved that it’s over. The squatters from SHAC certainly had a point to make but this was not the right way to make it.”
See also : Students squat University of Melbourne property (August 22, 2008) | Rally to defend student housing : Friday, November 28 (November 24, 2008) | Students are revolting (November 27, 2008) | University of Melbourne & Victoria Police to boost homeless numbers (January 6, 2009) | SHAC Update : 24/7 Picket Announced / Solidarity Requested (January 7, 2009) | SHAC Update #2.0 : 24/7 Picket Announced / Solidarity Requested (January 8, 2009)