London university may ban public lectures after incident

The School of Oriental and African Studies may ban public lectures after a pro-coup Egyptian lecturer was chased off the stage by anti-coup protesters last week.

London university may ban public lectures after incident

World Bulletin / News Desk

London's School of Oriental and African Studies is currently reviewing its security after supporters of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood stormed a lecture last week.

The lecture, which was being given by guest speaker Mohamed El-Nabawy, was interrupted when supporters of Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi unfurled banners and signs while protesting against the speaker, who is known for having links with Tamarod, the group that instigated the coup against Morsi on July 3.

The protesters were not students, but were members of the public who had been allowed into the lecture, according to a spokeswoman for the university. She also told the Evening Standard: "SOAS, University of London has a long tradition of welcoming high-profile speakers from all over the world, from every part of the political, social and religious spectrum. SOAS is committed to the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and ideas through being a leading institute for debate. This can only be conducted effectively in an atmosphere of open enquiry, mutual tolerance and intellectual freedom."

It is possible that SOAS will ban public conferences from taking place in its campuses in order to prevent such incidents from happening again.

Last Mod: 19 Kasım 2013, 17:45
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