On Friday, June 8, a March for Education took place in Amsterdam. UvA students and staff, together with students from other university cities, came out in support of higher education in the Netherlands.
Given that the UvA shares many of the concerns expressed by students and staff, we regret how the day ended.
Demonstrating is a right and students and staff demonstrated successfully yesterday afternoon, but a few of them pushed the limits. The march ended at 17:00 in front of building A of the Roeterseiland Campus, at which time some of the participants left. The remaining participants moved to the grassy area opposite CREA. At the end, those remaining wanted to stay overnight on the site. The UvA couldn’t allow this because it’s responsible for the entire Roeterseiland Campus, both inside and outside. Those still present were therefore asked to leave three times. When they didn’t respond to the third request, the UvA was forced to ask the police for assistance.
Geert ten Dam, president of the UvA’s Executive Board: ‘It’s very regrettable how things unfolded yesterday. Especially because everyone is working towards the same goal: investing in education and research. At the UvA we will continue to send that message loud and clear through all possible channels.’
Students from Humanities Rally have announced that they’ll show up this afternoon at Room for Discussion, one of the activities planned for the UvA’s annual University Day. Alumni, staff and UvA students are all welcome to take part in the debate and to express their opinions, provided they do so in a way that suits a debate and with respect for all participants and attendees.