Hundreds of Manchester University Students protested last night opposing the erection of the fence around their accommodation. Students chanted “f*ck the fence”, while one students did a speech on the importance of student mental health. At the protest all students socially distanced and wore masks. One student highlighted the importance in abiding by government guidelines as she said “we don’t want them [the university] to blame us for spreading Covid again”.
a student has already died because of poor mental health now @OfficialUoM is locking us in halls with no prior warning? and then falsely claiming an email was sent? #hmpfallowfield pic.twitter.com/bqRGVf4Lux
— Amirarara (@amira_chaoui) November 5, 2020
Vice-chancellor, Nancy Rothwell, issued a statement:
“I sincerely apologise for the concern and distress caused by the erecting of a fence around our Fallowfield Halls of Residence today”. Additionally, Rothwell stated that “the fences were erected due to concerns over the safety and security of the site”.
The fences were removed from the site this morning.