Police bring in dogs after students occupy Auckland University clocktower

Press Release – We are the University
Hundreds of students marched on the University Council of Auckland University this afternoon. Currently a hundred students and some faculty members are occupying the Council chambers in the Clocktower building.

The occupation occurred as students attempted, and were blocked from, attending a public meeting to raise students’ fees. The occupation is currently in discussion with the University council with the aim of continuing the meeting with student and lecturer representation.

Police have surrounded the Clocktower and have brought dog handler units.

The occupation is currently in discussion with the University.

From Hala Nasr of WeAreTheUniversity at around 4.10pm today:
Around 100 people are marching against fees that are being raised at the University of Auckland. Currently we have occupied the council room in the clock tower. We’re going to hold a General Assembly to discuss demands, which include free education and the demilitarization of the campus. There are a group of police officers with dog handlers outside the clock tower.