Breaking: Reports of ambulance called at SOAS strike after a lecturer attacked at protest
The lecturer’s knees were dislocated
Earlier today, on the picket lines of SOAS's campus near King's Cross, a staff member has been injured by students attempting to prevent anyone from crossing the picket line outside the main building.
People on the picket were violently attacked by angry students determined to break the picket line. One girl had her leg dislocated so badly an ambulance had to be called. #USSstrikes #ucustrikes #SOAS
— Nima (@w0rdlessw0nder) March 16, 2018
Both the main building and the library have been closed.
Today at #soas the library staff was stopped from entering the main building. Lot of people were attacked including my professor who was literally kicked. They also set fire inside the building. Am I in an educational institution??? pic.twitter.com/FWut1GsjZD
— Jahanbi Banerjee (@RayJahanbi) March 16, 2018
After reports that strikes are planned to continue through exam season, following the University College Union's rejection of proposals made by Universities UK earlier this week, tensions are clearly high at SOAS.
— dansette (@dansette) March 16, 2018
A rope line, comprised mostly of student protestors, was photographed physically obstructing the entrance to the main building.
.@soassu stop denying that there is no violence at SOAS today. This is an illegal blockade of the building and is only damaging the legitimacy and effectiveness of the strike action. #UCUstrikes #soas @SOAS #stoptheviolence https://t.co/W7XjJk09nF pic.twitter.com/xlktw0Hw14
— Mark Jahnke (@MarkRJahnke) March 16, 2018
Witnesses claim that fires were started inside the main building, while an email sent out to students by administration said that "students are advised that they should not seek to enter the main building," although "it is safe for those who are already inside to remain."
You have the right to strike and be on the picket line but you do not have the right to attack people. pic.twitter.com/yCxI8dpVU6
— khadeja Ramali (@k_ramali) March 16, 2018
The email highlights that those responsble are primarily students, not staff, and ends with an apology to those affected:
"We strongly regret that the behaviour of a small number of students taking action in support of UCU strikes has resulted in our students being unable to continue their learning in the main building at present."
I am going to sneak into the soas library and my lecturers have chained themselves to the building. LOOOOOOOOL I pay 9 k a year for this
— Oz (@burkakween) March 16, 2018
An ambulance was reported to have arrived in the wake of the incident. A girl was seen being taken inside, but the condition of the injured lecturer is unknown.
— Unite the Resistance (@resistunite) March 16, 2018
Strikes across the country come to an end today. However, UCU members from London universities, who were late in starting, remain on strike on both Monday and Tuesday next week.