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The Student investigates: the fight for abortion clinic buffer zones

Since October 2020, the Back Off Scotland campaign group has been on the front line of counter-protests against pro-life demonstrators who have gathered outside abortion clinics in Edinburgh, and more widely across Scotland. On 4 November, the Scottish parliament debated a motion from Green MSP Gillian Mackay in favour of implementing so-called buffer zones around […]

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Women demand change, not more policing

CW: sexual violence “We no longer trust the police” – how some women are viewing new policing laws with contempt Feminist groups feel the police are failing to protect them, and are demanding change at a societal level to tackle violence against women.  The past month has seen the killing of a woman, Sarah Everard, […]

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“We will not look down”: what is happening with Turkey’s student protests

As 2020 crawled its way to a merciful end, the hope for a better year ahead for students around the world seemed increasingly bleak. But for students at Istanbuls’s Boğaziçi University – one of Turkey’s top educational institutions – the prospect of another arduous term of online classes and social isolation quickly became overshadowed by […]

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The Espresso Series: an interview with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook

Honor Crean and Grace Volante, students at the University of Edinburgh, interviewed Dr Gail Bradbrook, the co-founder of the environmental movement Extinction Rebellion, as part of their radio programme ‘The Espresso Series’ on freshair.org.uk. Extinction Rebellion – often shortened to XR – was founded in the UK in May 2018 by Bradbrook, activist Roger Hallam, […]

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What students need to know about the ongoing Hong Kong protests

Since June of 2019, there have been relentless protests in Hong Kong. Numerous universities, including the University of Edinburgh, have called back students studying there amidst growing safety concerns. The protests originated as a result of opposition to a law that would have allowed extradition to China, titled the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in […]

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Edinburgh’s Chilean community solidarity protests

On Thursday afternoon, the Edinburgh Chilean community came together in Bristo Square to show their solidarity with the protesters in Chile. With 21 confirmed deaths and many more people missing, international concern regarding the situation in Chile is increasing rapidly. The Student spoke with Lucia Castillo, one of the event’s organisers, who explained that the […]

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Students in Edinburgh host Hong Kong solidarity protests

Protests in solidarity with demonstrations in Hong Kong have been taking place in over 60 major cities, including Edinburgh, in recent weeks. This protest, described by Democracy for Hong Kong in Scotland (DH4K Scotland) as an “Anti-Totalitarianism rally,” took place on Sunday 30 September with over 150 people in attendance, including a number of people […]

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This Week in History: Hong Kong on 26th September 1984

The catalyst for the 2019 Hong Kong protests was the proposed extradition law which was strongly opposed by a majority of Hong Kong residents. The law essentially involves the right for fugitives to be transferred to jurisdictions with which Hong Kong hasn’t established an extradition deal. Mainland China is one of these jurisdictions, and this […]