Opposition to military research in universities: launch of a national student campaign

    MONTREAL, Aug. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Operation Objection is launching a
national campaign against military research in our universities.
    Military research is being done in most universities. In science and
engineering departments it is for developing weapons and other military
technologies, while with social science professors it is for publicizing
opinions that can influence the public in favor of the military's positions.
It is a problem of ethics and democracy that poses a threat to the integrity
and independence of the post-secondary education system.
    The campaign aims to inform students about the issue of military
research, to implement transparency policies so that the information is
publicly available, and to put an end to the militarization of campuses.
    This week, a series of actions in Quebec's universities will mark the
launch of this movement against the militarization of our universities.

    Operation Objection was launched last year against military recruitment
in schools. At the moment, 25 student unions and organizations in Quebec have
adopted mandates against recruitment. After a series of disruptions,
recruiters have canceled their planned tour of cegeps since early 2008.
Operation Objection now works to oppose both recruitment and military research
on campuses.

For further information:

For further information: Cleve Higgins (English), (514) 449-9370;
Alexandre Vidal (French), (514) 806-6980; Operation Objection;

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