Friday, 9 November 2007

THE AGM vote was won

Students call for shares sale

EDINBURGH University is under increased pressure to sell £500,000 shares in Total after a student vote.

More than 400 students packed the George Square lecture theatre for the student association's annual general meeting.

They voted in favour of putting pressure on the university to stop investing in Total, which runs gas fields in Burma, where there have been government crackdowns on pro-democracy protests.

The university has already sold shares in Nestle, BAE and British and American Tobacco, following similar student-led campaigns.

Gordon Aikman, EUSA vice president, said: "Hopefully we will see some real change, not only here in Edinburgh but beyond."

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