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The students rose from their seats to display a sign that read “Still investing in fossil fuels??” as Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson opened the event at the Sheldonian Theatre.
The decision is a major victory for student campaigners, who have been pressuring colleges and the University to withdraw financial support for the fossil fuel, tobacco and arms industries.
Protesters told Cherwell that the police officers justified the searches with claims of protection from terrorism.
Protesters called on specific colleges to divest millions of pounds from fossil fuels, arms and tobacco companies
The motion stated that divestment is “an effective means of stigmatizing the weapons and fossil fuel industries and encouraging more restrictive legislation in these sectors"
Oxbridge colleges responding to requests hold at least £21m in oil and gas exploration, production, and refining companies
Oxford colleges are to be hauled before Parliament as they continue to invest millions in offshore funds
The corporations have been accused of selling arms to Saudi Arabia, causing huge environmental damage, and committing human rights abuses
Oxford Climate Justice Campaign called on the University and its colleges to divest from the fossil fuel industry
The campaign's 170th letter to the vice chancellor, ahead of their divestment rally tomorrow
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