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PEACE campaigners praised Cambridge University students today for booting out military-recruitment stalls from their freshers’ fair.
Fifty-five per cent of students voted in favour of a motion to ban such stalls, stating that the university should not be a place for the military to recruit.
The Peace Pledge Union (PPU) told the Star that it predicts students at other universities will follow Cambridge’s example.
PPU campaign manager Symon Hill said: “We know all too well that the people who proposed this motion will now receive hate mail, death threats and streams of abuse on social media or in person.
“We’re glad they’ve stood up to the militarist lobby. Many young people know what the Establishment will not admit: that armed forces don’t protect us, they only make the world less safe.
“Militarists recruit well-intentioned young people to an organisation rooted in violence and obedience to the powerful.
“By targeting Cambridge students, organisations such as the University Officer Training Corps promote a pro-military mindset among young people who may go on to be decision-makers in business or politics.”
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