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.
Both the main building and the library have been closed.
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.
A rope line, comprised mostly of student protestors, was photographed physically obstructing the entrance to the main building.
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."
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."
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.
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.