A mere two hours before the event was meant to happen, King’s College London Student Union has now arbitrarily decided to deny entry to non-students attending the Dr Yaron Brook and Sargon of Akkad live discussion of Ayn Rand. In an email sent out to attendees, many who have travelled from across the country, they were informed: “KCL has decided today that only students with a valid UoL student ID will be allowed into tonight’s event.” The organizer is currently trying to reverse the decision.
An hour before the event was meant to start, the King’s Libertarian Society posted on Facebook “KCLSU have now confirmed that in order to ensure the safe space policy is not breached, only students with valid KCL or UoL IDs will be permitted to attend this evening’s event.” How external attendees pose a threat to their ‘safe-space’ policy is yet to be seen or explained.
Attendees have taken to Twitter to voice their anger:
@kclsu have decided two hours before the event that ONLY students with a University of London student ID will be allowed into tonight's Yaron Brook & Sargon of Akkad discussion.
if you're on your way to London, drop them a tweet to let them know your thoughts. pic.twitter.com/3T9wywNHSd
— l u c y b r o w n (@lucyfrown) March 5, 2018
I am on a train to London from the Midlands for tonight's libertarian society event. I expect to be admitted. It is highly unprofessional to change to rules of administration a mere few hours before the event starts. @kclsu
— Maven Politic (@MavenPolitic) March 5, 2018
@kclsu please let us in to the Sargon/Yaron Brook event tonight! Some of us have travelled to get here!
— Elizabeth Hobson 🐸 gab.ai/Anti_Fembot (@anti_fembot) March 5, 2018
@kclsu the last min barring of non university students and non UoL students is disgustingly elitist. Why should only London uni students be allowed to participate in a public event dedicated to free speech? Is KCLSU suggesting that only elite students deserve the right?
— 😈Villaine 👿 (@AnCapVillaine) March 5, 2018
Friends of mine who were intending to attend the event told me how angry they are, one saying on grounds of anonymity (he doesn’t want to get fired from his job – that says it all about today’s current socio-political climate) he “hates SJWs” and another, Nav, said “I feel like Kings has given into fascist-like bullying from SJWs to have this event closed off to the wider audience”.
An attendee who emailed to complain was met with this somewhat odd response:
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