Pro-Palestine protesters packing up as encampment ends at University of Melbourne

Callum Godde
Pro-Palestine occupations at the University of Melbourne are set to be packed up. (James Ross/AAP PHOTOS)
Pro-Palestine occupations at the University of Melbourne are set to be packed up. (James Ross/AAP PHOTOS) Credit: AAP

Pro-Palestine encampments at a Melbourne university will be packed up as protest organisers claim they have won a key concession.

Students have occupied the University of Melbourne’s Arts West building in Parkville since May 15, prompting a backlash from administrators.

A spokesperson from the Unimelb for Palestine group announced the end of encampments in the building and another on the South Lawn.

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The group said the university had committed to disclose its partnerships with weapons manufacturers.

“We demand disclosure within one month and that an independent body of our choice oversees this process,” the spokesperson said.

“Disclosure will not be determined by the university alone.”

In a statement, the university did not address whether it had agreed to disclosure.

“We welcome the willingness of the occupiers to leave the Arts West building and remove the encampment from our Parkville campus,” it said.

Vice-chancellor Duncan Maskell previously said the occupation had led to the cancellation or rescheduling of more than 600 classes, disrupting more than 16,800 students.

Students and staff contravening the order were threatened with academic sanctions including expulsion, and may be referred to police for trespassing.

Unimelb for Palestine urged University of Melbourne chancellor Jane Hansen to intervene to ensure the institution doesn’t penalise any participants in the encampments.

Pro-Palestine encampments have sprung up at university campuses across the country after similar actions in the United States.

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