On 20 November 2013, campaigning UWE students “staged an ‘impeccable’ protest” against DPRTE, the military business and arms fair held at UWE in 2012 and 2013. Despite widespread hostility, repression and criminalisation, sometimes extending to harassment, threats and violence from DPRTE participants, private security and the police, humble yet determined protests proved sufficient to boot the biggest military business and arms fair in the South West off campus. Indeed, DPRTE is not coming back to UWE this year
However, the university still has a lot to answer, not least because Steve West — UWE’s Vice-Chancellor — was seen at the protests directly intimidating his own students and then chasing up policemen in an attempt to carry out his threats; because Annette Hennessy, UWE’s Head of Security, was seen liaising with the police and gathering photographic evidence against protesters, including UWE students, without their consent and without justification; and because UWE allowed police and one intelligence-gathering ‘FIT’ team to intimidate, harass and gather video evidence on non-protesting students at the very heart of the University.
Campaigning UWE students have released an open letter demanding to the governors of their university a transparent, comprehensive and independent review of the repression against the ‘UWE arms fair’ protests on 20 November 2013 .
Please support campaigning UWE students and democracy by signing this petition to demand a transparent, comprehensive and independent review into the repression of the 20 November 2013 ‘UWE arms fair’ student protests to UWE’s Board of Governors.