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Written by Student Rights on 5 May 2015 at 5am

The Times: Student leaders under fire after endorsing radical Islamic group

By John Simpson

4th May 2015

The National Union of Students has been heavily criticised for endorsing a controversial Islamist civil rights group, prompting fears of a new wave of campus radicalisation.

The NUS voted to oppose the counterterrorism bill and agreed to lobby against it alongside Cage, an organisation that represents terror suspects and which has been accused of having a pro-jihadist stance.

At its conference, in which the hardline left took four senior positions, the motion on the counterterrorism bill was passed without discussion, apparently to save time.

It included a commitment “publicly to oppose the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, for the NUS president to issue a public statement condemning the anti-terror prevent strategy and the government’s Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, and alongside civil liberties groups including Cage, to lobby the government to repeal it immediately.”

It goes on to say: “The problem with e.g. Isis/IS [Islamic State] isn’t that it’s radical, but that it’s radically reactionary and oppressive.

“Demonising ‘radicalisation’ and ‘extremism’ can and is being used to target anyone who dissents from the unjust, oppressive and exploitative state of society.”

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