In Berlin, around 50 activists occupied the Humboldt University. On Wednesday evening it was said that the occupiers had accepted an offer of talks from the university administration. Only recently an occupation of the Free University of Berlin was evacuated.

Activists have once again occupied rooms at a Berlin university in support of the Palestinians and in protest against Israel. The police and a dpa photographer initially spoke of around 50 squatters who were at the Institute for Social Sciences at Humboldt University on Universitätsstrasse from Wednesday afternoon. Another 250 to 300 young people demonstrated on the streets.

The university’s executive board sought talks with the pro-Palestinian activists on Wednesday evening. A spokeswoman for the university said the occupiers had accepted an offer from the executive board to talk. The aim is for the activists to leave voluntarily and for there to be no eviction. The police were on duty and cordoned off parts of the building.

A police spokesman said they were in close coordination with the university.

In a statement, the occupiers of the group called Student Coalition Berlin accused Israel of “genocide” and “ongoing mass murders.” It is about “unconditional solidarity with the Palestinian people”. They called on the university to accept their occupation and presence and to prohibit police intervention. 

An occupation of rooms at the Free University of Berlin by the same group was recently cleared by the police.