Students stage ‘die-in’ at fair

Students stage die-in at Lancaster University
Students stage die-in at Lancaster University

Students at Lancaster University staged a “die-in” to protest against Lancashire- based BAE Systems’ presence at a careers fair.

Students and activists laid themselves out on the floor in the university’s Great Hall to protest against the “death and destruction caused by arms manufacturer BAE Systems”, which was present at the fair.

Lancaster City Coun Jack Filmore, who represents Lancaster University, said: “I think it is ethically unacceptable for a company such as BAE Systems to be allowed onto campus.

“We wanted to send a clear message that companies with no regard for human life are not welcome here.”

A number of students also held a vigil outside the hall.

BAE declined to comment.

A spokesperson for the protesting group said: “BAE has a horrific human rights record, having sold arms to Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Algeria and Qatar.

“The fact that they are here, at this respected institution, lends legitimacy to human rights abuse. We are here to say that this is not okay.”