Arms protesters were forcibly dragged out of the Octagon this morning, after staging a protest against Thales.
The company, notorious for the production of arms, are at today’s Spring into Jobs Fair.
The group responsible for the protest, Fund Education Not War, told Forge Press: “The University prides itself on being a values-led organisation; however, its continued liason with arms companies responsible for the murder of innocents around the world throws this claim into serious disrepute.”
“Over 50 per cent of Thales’ total sales comes from selling defence and military equipment around the world, including to countries of major human rights concerns such as Saudi Arabia. Thales is a major manufacturer of drones, unmanned aeriel attack vehicles whose use is becoming increasingly common.”
Drone strikes have recently killed many children in both Pakistan and Yemen, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has found.
The protestors laid on the floor in front of the Thales stand, and were soon forcibly removed by security. The protestors were then carried through a back door of the Octagon, as development officer Sara Moon looked on.
One of the protesters, Miriam Dobson, who can be seen being removed by a female member of security staff said: “I don’t think there was any reason for the amount of force and aggression they used, I was physically picked up and thrown on the floor outside the Octagon.
“Chris has been injured by the strength of the guy who pulled him outside. We were not doing anything aggressive, we were actually laid on the floor! We were perfectly within our right to stage a protest.”
A member of security staff was heard shouting: “You’re an embarassment to your University.”
A spokesperson for the University of Sheffield has told Forge Press:
“When a group came into the careers fair this morning, staff felt in a difficult position.
“While we fully support the right of students to express their views, when students and stand holders told us the protesters were causing a disruption, our staff felt they had no option but to ask them to leave.
“We know our students tell us recruitment fairs are an important way for them to meet a wide variety of graduate employers and make informed decisions about their own futures and the companies that are looking to employ them.
“Of course we’ll look into precisely what happened this morning.”
A peaceful protest to point at the Arms Companies are routinely invited into the University shouldnt end in bruises..
— Hannah Rudman (@HannahRudman_) March 6, 2013
Chris, one of the demonstrators from today’s Careers Fair protest, shows Forge Press the bruise to his arm after security dragged him out of the Octagon.
A witness’ video has appeared on YouTube that shows the protestors being dragged out of the Octagon by their feet