As I was leaving a day of film training with the Oxford Academy of Documentary Film in the University College London anthropology department, I ran into a protest stemming from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Having a bag full of camera equipment, it was too good to pass up.
I followed the crowd for about 10 minutes, capturing the flavor of the protest. When I got back home, I googled the issue and found out that the ISS had detained or deported a number of the University’s cleaners when it was found they were in the country illegally. Apparently these demonstrations have been taking place every day and are gaining steam.
The crowd seemed torn, with some advocating violence and others desiring peaceful protest. I wonder if this will go anywhere. Either way, it is lovely to be in a university system with students who actually take action rather than just sitting around moaning about the world’s injustices.
Oh yeah, and if you are that girl that was in the front keeping the chats going, call me!