Newcastle Death Labs Protest Report 10/1/2013
On Thursday the 10th of January ten campaigners met at kingsgate building Newcastle university to protest against the universities involvement in animal testing and animal murder and were in for a shock when they got there.
Campaigners arrived at Newcastle universality kignsgate building for 12pm to find the place in total lock down The main doors were locked and security were manning the main door (really what were they expecting).
Undeterred campaigners decided to stay and rally at the business centre of the university and held out the large banner “Close Newcastle Animal Lab” at the main lobby window.
Support was immense students and public alike were horrified to find out that the university carried out animal experiments, While campaigners spoke to members of the public and students alike two campaigners kept the pressure up using the megaphones to let the vice chancellor know we are outside and we are not going away.
After just over an hour we decided to move to the animal laboratory.
when we got to the laboratory the main door was open but was manned by a obnoxious female security guard who taunted and laughed when informed what the animal lab gets up to.
Campaigners immediately used the megaphones to tell the passing public and workers that why we are protesting This sparked an immediate reaction.
A lone security guard came out and told a campaigner to move when changed did he have the lawful right to ask him the guard simply smiled went back inside the building and came back out with two more guards.
This set the tone for things the guards immediately began to push and shove the campaigner with the megaphone barging him half way down the path and directly standing in front of him, this attracted a crowd to watch and film.
Campaigners undeterred still carried on chanting and talking to the public telling them what goes on inside the hell hole labs of Newcastle university this Angered the university more and the police were called.
The police turned up all most immediately (wonder why this was ) and began to bore activists with unlawful requests and misinforming them so much so that campaigners even called a lawyer to explain the law correctly.
After twenty mins of legal debate going round in round in circles campaigners carried on demonstrating till along comes a “manager” who asked us to move a few yards back. Really Newcastle university 5 guards and a police officer a manager for a few yards.
So with threats of stupid arrests we complied and moved the few yards the manager asked us to.
We had not been at the new location a few minutes when a woman came charging out a house to tell campaigners to “fuck off” we undeterred just carried on and shouting at the death labs.
This lady retreated back inside and then came out and threw a big bucket of water over us, So we called the police officer (who had beat a hasty retreat into the university) out to come take our complaint. YES you guessed it He did not come out.
we asked three times for him to come out over the megaphone and going up to the door to ask him to come out.
We then Called the police by phone and carried on demonstrating. we waited till half three and no police had come out to take our complaint.
We have now in the process of making formal complaints against the police for failure to take our complaints and enforcing civil issues.
We had a fantastic day many people were informed about the death labs belonging to Newcastle university many people took leaflets and lots of people cheered and supported us.
We ask you to join us at the next demonstration
Wednesday the 6th February at 12 pm at Kingsgate building Newcastle university to do this all again
Facebook event HERE
No amount of violence or water will deter us
Time to close down the animal lab.
Close Newcastle Animal Lab
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