Deakin University requests dismantling of pro-Palestine encampment as protesters pledge to stay

Deputy vice-chancellor says Victorian university wants to ensure ‘safety, security and amenity of all campus users’ but protesters say request is ‘Orwellian’

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Deakin University has become the first education institution in Australia to request students dismantle their pro-Palestine encampment, but protestors have vowed they will “not be moved”.

Pro-Palestine camps have spread to universities in every state in Australia after beginning at the University of Sydney almost three weeks ago. Last week, Victoria police wrote to university vice-chancellors requesting greater powers to shut down the encampments, adding that if they were allowed to keep growing there was a “strong likelihood of violence occurring between protest and counter-protest groups”.

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