Roads closed after student protest

By Marcus Dysch, January 30, 2009

An anti-Israel protestor was arrested after scaling a student centre on Thursday evening.

The incident came as around 50 protestors gathered outside the London Student Centre, in Euston Road, central London, where Colonel Geva Rapp, a retired IDF officer, was due to speak.

Police closed roads and sealed off the area outside Euston Station shortly after the incident began at 6pm.

The man, carrying a “Free Palestine” placard, climbed a wall and walked across a ledge before sitting outside the first floor windows of the student centre.

Supporters below chanted “there’s a war criminal in the building” and “viva viva Palestina”, until the man climbed back down 20 minutes later.

As he was arrested, riot officers dragged away a number of protestors who were blocking the pavement.

The protest was arranged after the Stop the War Coalition received a leaked email explaining that Colonel Rapp had been invited to the centre by Aish, the Orthodox outreach organisation for young adults.

Three men were arrested for public order offences and remained in police custody on Friday morning.

Colonel Rapp’s talk was cancelled and he did not visit the building.

Last updated: 12:17pm, January 30 2009