Mike Weatherley, who represents Hove, has spoken of his horror after he was “besieged” by up to 100 protestors.
One of his colleagues, an intern, was struck by a rock and another had a punch swung at him as angry scenes broke out yesterday afternoon.
Mr Weatherley was chased from the Asa Briggs Lecture Theatre, across the Falmer campus and sought refuge in a locked building.
Police were called and, surrounded by six officers, Mr Weatherley was escorted out into a waiting riot van.Yes. You read that right. No arrests.
Rather than drive the violent protesters back, the police convince the people who have a legitimate right to be there that they should remove themselves for
They should be ashamed of themselves. As should the ‘Argus’, for giving these protesters a forum.
The people who claimed to have attacked him spoke exclusively to The Argus.
They said: “This is a war. Not a war that we chose, but a war that we are confronted with daily.
“The time for debate is over, closing with the passing of “Weatherley's Law”.
“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich and poor alike to sleep in empty properties, not to suffer the streets, and to steal warmth.”It’s the same old tired rhetoric that we've heard so many times before.
A university spokeswoman said: “We are appalled to hear that Mike Weatherley was prevented from speaking on campus by a group of protesters.
"We believe that the violent disruption was led by activist protesters from outside of the university, not by our students.”They may well have led it, but quite a few of ‘your students’ willingly followed, eh?
As the comments at the Argus’s other article show, the public seem to have had enough of these whining, over-privileged adult children:
Crystal Ball says...
So "Peaceful protests" now escalates to assault with weapons? If students, were they supposed to be at a lecture or "off sick"? Same goes for those that might have jobs but chose not to be there for this purpose. Lots of faces on camera to trace perpetrators.Well, indeed. If only anyone had the will to do so…
Most of these commenters don’t seem to have the slightest idea about…well, anything, really:
But Wetherley is suppose do t be left wing since he's a member of the Labour Party./facepalm
There are some sensible people though:
As a student of the Uni i'd like to say that these people don't represent the vast majority of Sussex Students who just want to get on with their studies. This video certainly doesn't show the whole story, and yet only the end of what was a violent and disgusting protest. Some of the people protesting were not even Sussex Students. It is so sad to see that a University, especially one so well regarded as Sussex can no longer be the home for a reasoned and peaceful debate, which was Mike Weatherleys intention in coming to the campus.That draws a lot of fire from the usual suspects. But there are signs their rhetoric is wearing thin:
AmboGuy says... Chazza65 wrote: stoning is about the only thing these privileged tory mps understand - they won't care two hoots when people evicted from squats freeze to death on the streets this winter - well played sussex students keep up the good work! Yeah the strange thing seems to be that the squatters around Brighton seem to be so hard up they manage to throw parties every night while simultaneously trashing the place they're in. Come one, for god sake this 'most vulnerable members of society' line is getting very tiresome now.Isn't it just?