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6th November 2020

Manchester students protest over ‘lockdown’ fencing – in pictures

Angry first-years let off smoke bombs and ripped down the new barriers
Manchester students protest over ‘lockdown’ fencing – in pictures
Students protest fences and the University response to the pandemic. Photo: Antonio Ross

Students at the University of Manchester staged an angry protest in defiance of fences being erected at their halls of residence.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell “sincerely” apologised for any distress caused by the incident.

Students begin to gather in defiance, as one organiser shouts into a megaphone
‘The most expensive prison’
Security guards look on holding cameras

Students set off blue smoke bombs at protest in Fallowfield

Red and orange and blue smoke bombs were let off during the protest
A large crowd gathers as one student looks at this phone
The fence was pulled down by angry students

Student megaphone at Fallowfield protest

One organiser screams into a megaphone, holding a smoke bomb

If students need support they can contact their ResLife team for assistance and advice, or their Duty ResLife Advisor can also be contacted for any emergencies out of hours. For general Covid-19 support and enquiries they should email [email protected]

Photos by Antonio Ross and Carlo Di Giammarino

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