Manchester University student protest on continue.Students tear down “prison-like” fencing erected around their campus on day one of England’s new lockdown 6 Nov.
University of Manchester (@officialuom) is threatening students on rent strike with extortionate fines and refusing to meet with students to discuss their concerns. So students have just taken control of the university’s Owens Park Tower & begun an occupation
This is a fight now”. Students are “occupying” a University of Manchester building in protest against the lack of support they say they’re getting during the coronavirus pandemic.
They say the university is “putting profits before students” and have asked for rents to be reduced by 40%. “They brought us here for profit rather than our safety,” said Izzy Smitheman, an English Literature and French student. She added: “I thought the university would be on our side and try help us but it feels like it is us against them. They’re here to take our money and that’s all they care about.”
Last week, students living at the University of Manchester’s Fallowfield halls of residence tore down “prison-like” fencing which was put up on their campus as England went into a second national lockdown.
The university said it was “already engaging” with student unions.