This Thursday morning, between 200 to 300 people blocked the University of Rennes 2 and prevented the holding of exams. The Presidency has cancelled them and strongly condemns this action.
The exams , scheduled to begin this Thursday at the University of Rennes 2 , are “cancelled” announced the presidency of the university in a message to students.
Un groupe d’environ 300 individus, dont une partie cagoulée et extérieure à l’établissemnet s’est organisé pour bloquer les bâtiments où devaient se dérouler les examens.
— Université Rennes 2 (@UnivRennes_2) May 17, 2018
“The normal conditions of examination being no longer guaranteed, the management team decided to cancel the tests scheduled today,” reads in this text consulted by AFP. The management mentions “a group of 300 individuals, including a masked and external part of the establishment”, which “block the buildings where the examinations were to take place”.
“The management team strongly condemns this new blockage which has serious consequences for the entire university community,” says the text.
⛔ Rennes 2 bloquée ⛔
▶ Suite au vote de la dernière Assemblée générale, l’université est entièrement bloquée aujourd’hui par des centaines d’étudiant·e·s. Rendez-vous en AG à 12h30 devant le hall B. pic.twitter.com/5BDn8o0G8T
— Assemblée Générale – Rennes 2 (@AG_Rennes2) May 17, 2018
The blockers had called for a rally at 6 am on the site of the University of Rennes 2 to prevent the holding of exams. Around 07:00, there were about 200 to 300 on the scene, most of them masked, said an AFP journalist. They then set up chairs and tables to block the entrance to the buildings.
No police were present on the site at the request of the university president and there was no incident. Some police vans were stationed on the outskirts of the campus, AFP reported.
In several universities, the challenge is the Orientation and Student Success Act (ORE), accused of introducing a system of selection at the entrance of the university.
Examinations canceled in Arcueil, Lyon, Marseille …
After occupying institutions, opponents of this reform are multiplying actions to block the holding of exams, as at the end of last week in Arcueil (Val-de-Marne), or earlier this week in Lyon, Marseille and Paris-8 .
The tests scheduled for Thursday by the University of Nantes have also been postponed to a later date.