Students occupy Manchester Uni after being threatened with huge fines over rent

A fresh protest is being undertaken by students at the University of Manchester (Picture: UoM Rent Strike)

Students at Manchester University have occupied a building on campus in a fresh protest over their treatment during the Covid-19 lockdown.

A banner has been unfurled high on the tower in a direct action over rent strikes carried out in protest over accommodation that has either not been used or has had facilities drastically reduced.

In a message on social media, one of the leaders said: ‘The University of Manchester 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.’

Students have barricaded the doors at Owens Park Tower in afresh protest (Picture: UoM Rent Strike)

It follows a large protest earlier this month where students tore down fences that had been erected by the university around halls ahead of the lockdown.

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