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Pro-Palestine, climate impact protesters occupy Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lisbon

May 17, 2024 at 2:57 pm

Pro-Palestinian students take part in an encampment outside of the Psychology School Campus of Lisbon University to support Palestine, after police performed an eviction operation and students were forbidden to stay inside the building in Lisbon, Portugal on May 10, 2024. [Luis Boza – Anadolu Agency]

Around 20 students from the Portuguese “End the Genocide, End Fossils” movement occupied the nation’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.

“We are occupying the Ministry because what’s happening in Palestine and the imminent climate collapse are maximum expressions of how our institutions are failing,” wrote activist group, Student Climate Strike Lisbon, in a related post on Instagram.

Many of the protesters were linked together with metal tubes, making it difficult for police to remove them.

In a social media statement, activists said they were “watching a live genocide” in Palestine and they accused the government of “doing nothing”.

According to a statement sent to Portuguese media outlets, the students demanded an end to the “genocide” in Palestine and for Portugal to cut all diplomatic and financial relations with Israel.

Portuguese videos showed police trying to remove the protesters from the Ministry building.

In April, related activists staged a similar protest in Portugal’s Ministry of Environment. They refused to leave until the Environment Minister committed to “ensuring an end to fossil fuels by 2030″ and listened to their plan.

“Instead of listening to us, they again chose to repress students who were just fighting for their lives,” read the organisation’s statement from the time. “Fifteen minutes later, the students were being handcuffed, arrested and taken away in police vans.”

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