Students at Munich’s LMU use banners to demand tightening of the house rules. The university leadership justifies its hesitation with a “complex” legal examination – the neighboring TU was there faster.
The three banners hung in a special place. In the atrium of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, above, on the gallery railing. “Weapons do not give us security – put a ban on weapons in the house rules,” it said, as documented on photos. Or: “Learn from history – no weapons in our university”. To be read at the place where members of the White Rose were arrested in 1943.
Students put up the banners on Tuesday afternoon. Exactly two weeks earlier, the police had taken away a freshman student. He had come to a lecture with a blank pistol, which he legally owns, he just shouldn’t have shown it openly. Since then, many students and lecturers have been wondering when the LMU will change its house rules so that not only is it forbidden to use roller skates or bring pets, but also to carry weapons. Even if someone like the kidnapped student has a gun license.
The banners contained no insults, only factually formulated demands – and of course indirectly criticism of the LMU leadership. After a few minutes they were removed and the protesters “shooed away”. This is what the “Unit against Fascism” (Regefa) reports in a post. The student group writes that they support this “courageous form of protest” and are planning a rally on the issue of weapons. “We demand better communication from the university management!”, says the statement of the Regefa.
When asked by the SZ, an LMU spokeswoman explained that the unauthorized attachment of banners is generally prohibited, regardless of the content. The question of how the LMU leadership stands by the students’ demands remains unanswered. Instead, the spokeswoman for Bavaria’s largest university repeats what she has been saying for about two weeks: “It is important to the LMU that all its members and guests can work, research, teach and learn in a safe environment. There are no weapons at universities Place.” In the university senate and also with students and lecturers, the topic has been discussed in the last few days. Before changing the house rules, “the complex legal issues” would have to be clarified. “These relate in particular to the definition and delimitation of weapons to be banned, necessary exceptions and the legal admissibility and practical implementation of controls.”
The neighboring TU clarified these difficult questions for the LMU within a few days. She adds this simple sentence to the house rules: “It is forbidden to carry weapons in accordance with Section 1 of the Weapons Act and dangerous or weapon-like objects in TUM buildings and areas.”