Gaza protesters end occupation of university land

Protesters with banners and a Palestinian flag flying outside the Radcliffe Camera
Pro-Palestinian protesters were camped at the Radcliffe Camera [BBC]

Pro-Palestine protesters in Oxford have said they have disbanded a second camp which they set up on university land.

Oxford Action for Palestine (OA4P) said it had left Radcliffe Camera, a university building, in the face of legal action.

The group, which has called for the university to cut financial ties with Israel, said the departure brought an end to 64 days of encampments, which began outside the Museum of Natural History on 6 May.

The University of Oxford has been approached for comment.

The two protests were designed to draw attention to "the University's complicity in Israel's genocide in Gaza", OA4P said.

The group said it had decided to pursue other forms of action in future.

Protesters wearing face masks stand among tents outside an impressive historical building with ornate windows
The first camp was set up outside the Museum of Natural History on 6 May [BBC]

Workers with tractors and other vehicles dismantled the one camp outside the Museum of Natural History in June.

The area around Radcliffe Camera was abandoned in the early hours before contractors moved in and cleared the site, OA4P said.

It said protestors then picketed the university's Wellington Square administrative offices until 09:00 BST.

In a statement, it said: "In the past two months we have built a historic coalition for Palestine across Oxford.

"In the coming weeks, we will hold organising assemblies with the students, faculty, staff and Oxford residents ready to carry this movement forward."

Previously, the university said it recognised "the importance of peaceful protest and the deeply felt concerns" about the situation in Gaza and Israel.

It added there would be no disciplinary action taken against students who attended the camps.

Israel launched a military campaign in Gaza to destroy Hamas in response to the group's cross-border attack on southern Israel on 7 October, during which about 1,200 people were killed and 252 others were taken hostage.

More than 38,153 people have been killed in Gaza since then, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

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