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Exam Schools occupied: Exams in East School cancelled

Pro-Palestine protesters from an autonomous group have occupied a hall in the East School in Exam Schools before the start of some examinations. The exams, which were meant to take place this morning in the East School, have been cancelled. Oxford Action for Palestine (OA4P) have advertised this on their Instagram saying: "They need support outside Exam Schools." Some protesters from OA4P are expressing their support outside Exam Schools. OA4P told Cherwell: "the action was unaffiliated with OA4P and...

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Features

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Profiles

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Culture

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Life

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