Around 6pm, the police asked the group students and staff who had been occupying the Sanders building since Monday morning to leave the building. About 25 police stood inside or around the entrances of the building. At the time the police entered, about eighty students and staff were present. About ten activists refused to leave and were led away.

No conversation

Earlier today, it seemed that the Executive Board would enter into talks with the protesters. The university administration had been invited to the general assembly about the occupation at 6.30pm, but did not appear there.

“We could not manage it organisationally”, said a spokesperson of the Executive Board. “We invited the protesters to talk at a later time.” According to the spokesperson, the university could no longer guarantee the safety of the students, staff and protesters, so the police ended the occupation. All buildings on Woudestein campus will be closed on Monday evening.

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