OProtests by the Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) led to the cutting of access to the Book of Kells exhibition, an exhibition of medieval books held at the university and which attracts numerous tourists.

The Irish Senate’s Civil Action Group has already expressed “concern” about this fine, which it considers to represent a “dangerous precedent” and which will prevent the union from providing its usual services, as it represents 20% of its annual budget.

The statement from this parliamentary committee warns that this fine “seeks to generate a paralyzing effect” and demonstrates “a lack of concern for the well-being of students”, also highlighting the peaceful nature of the protests.

The university argued that it supports the right to student protest “in compliance with the rules” and claimed that the protests caused a significant economic impact because visitors did not have access to the Book of Kells exhibition.

The TCDSU began a camp in solidarity with Gaza on Friday to demand the severing of relations with the educational institution “in accordance with the principles of boycott, divestment and sanctions supported by the vast majority of students and staff”, explained the organization in a message on social network X.

The university management gave until the end of the month to pay the fine and warned that certain people could be sanctioned with a ban on exams, loss of accommodation or direct expulsion.

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