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Coronavirus UK: Students in Manchester tear down huge fences in front of the university halls


The students demolished a metal fence that was erected around their halls on the first day of the new coronavirus lockdown in England.

Crowds of Manchester University students trampled the barrier, adding flair to the Fallowfield area.

Pictures earlier today showed craftsmen setting up the huge blockade for the four-week shutdown.

Numerous students stated that fencing had a "devastating" effect on their mental health.

Vice Chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell apologized tonight for the "concern and need" and said she should protect students from visitors outside the university.

Universities have come under fire in the past few weeks for pressuring students in their dormitories with fear of increasing coronavirus cases.

Students in Bristol organized rent strikes and demanded rent cuts, while Edinburgh University penalized students who fled their halls.

When England stalled:

  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak extended the vacation until the end of March to signal that the government might plan to extend the month-long lockdown.
  • The Bank of England pumped another £ 150 billion into the UK economy and kept interest rates at 0.1 percentage points. The forecasts assume that GDP will fall by 11 percentage points this year.
  • The UK statistics watchdog has blown # 10 for a lack of transparency about the Covid-19 data used to justify the shutdown on Saturday.
  • Police chiefs threatened to punish violations of lockdown rules when a gym owner was arrested in Essex and the party's organizers were fined £ 10,000.
  • Attorney General Robert Buckland blamed the UK public for the second shutdown when he alleged that their failure to comply with rules led to a "second wave";
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the shutdown rules could be disregarded to break UK law overseas through euthanasia.

Crowds of Manchester University students trampled the barrier, adding flair to the Fallowfield area

Vice Chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell apologized for the "concern and need" and said it was intended to protect students from outside the university

Vice Chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell apologized for the "concern and need" and said it was intended to protect students from outside the university

Students in Manchester raged today over being "penned in" after threatening metal fences were erected around their halls on the first day of England's new closure

Students in Manchester raged today over being "penned in" after threatening metal fences were erected around their halls on the first day of England's new closure

Students posted pictures and videos on social media showing craftsmen laying massive fences around dormitories

Students posted pictures and videos on social media showing craftsmen laying massive fences around dormitories

A University of Manchester spokesman said the Fallowfield residences will be fenced off for the duration of the four-week lockdown

A University of Manchester spokesman said the Fallowfield residences will be fenced off for the duration of the four-week lockdown

Students in Manchester raged today over being "penned in" after threatening metal fences were erected around their halls on the first day of England's new closure

Students in Manchester raged today over being "penned in" after threatening metal fences were erected around their halls on the first day of England's new closure

Numerous students said fencing would have "devastating" effects on their mental health during the month-long lockdown

Numerous students said fencing would have "devastating" effects on their mental health during the month-long lockdown

A student who asked to remain anonymous told MailOnline, "The consensus among the student population that this is incredibly dehumanizing."

Another said the university gave "absolutely no information" about fencing and did not inform the students until 3pm today.

In a threatening development, they added that students are being asked to carry ID because "ID checks are done at random".

A Twitter account said, & # 39; Didn't we have enough mental health tragedies at our university ?! The impact this will have will be devastating. "

Another wrote: & # 39; After absolutely no communication from the University, we are fenced in by the University of Manchester.

"After asking the workers, we were told it wouldn't be all the way, but we didn't hear from the university and they didn't offer any assistance."

One social media user said, "Imagine our university fencing us in for the lockdown after some major student mental health issues. The lockdown has already been difficult for most of us and is getting ten times worse do."

"I think I speak for everyone when I say that no e-mail has been received on any e-mail account that I have registered with the university," wrote one student.

"The level of anxiety this can cause at an already difficult time is ludicrous, with no consideration for the well-being of the students."

Universities have come under fire in recent weeks for pressuring students in their dormitories for fear of increasing cases of coronavirus

Universities have come under fire in recent weeks for pressuring students in their dormitories for fear of increasing cases of coronavirus

A University of Manchester spokesman said the Fallowfield residences will be fenced off for the duration of the four-week lockdown

A University of Manchester spokesman said the Fallowfield residences will be fenced off for the duration of the four-week lockdown

Students posted pictures and videos on social media showing craftsmen laying massive fences around dormitories

Students posted pictures and videos on social media showing craftsmen laying massive fences around dormitories

Numerous students said fencing would have "devastating" effects on their mental health during the month-long lockdown

Numerous students said fencing would have "devastating" effects on their mental health during the month-long lockdown

One Twitter user complained, "Absolutely horrific to fence in students considering someone has already died of suicide on the derelict campus without warning, even though you claim an email was sent, causing mass panic Has."

"I feel like a prisoner and couldn't feel any better!" said one. "Thank you very much, this is so good for everyone's sanity."

Another student said, “Woke up this morning to find that the university was locking us in our buildings by putting up fences with no communication.

"As if locking wasn't tough enough, and like our sanity wasn't already fucked, go and do this."

Vice Chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said: “I sincerely apologize for the concern and hardship caused by the construction of a fence around our current Fallowfield residences. This was not our intention – on the contrary.

“The fence was designed in response to a number of safety and security concerns raised by staff and students on this website over the past few weeks. especially about the access of people who are not residents. It was never intended to prevent students from entering or leaving the website.

& # 39; The fences will be dismantled from Friday morning and the students will be contacted immediately. Alternative security measures, including additional security patrols, are being put in place.

"I apologize once again for the problems this incident caused."

A spokesman for Manchester University previously said: “In response to the four-week lockdown, we are introducing new security measures at key entry points to our campus, accommodation and key pedestrian walkways to ensure the safety of our students, our staff and our community.

& # 39; Security presence will be increased in these areas and fences will be installed with important Covid-19 health alerts.

"This fence is designed to help highlight the main entrance areas, where security guards ensure that only students residing in this property can safely enter and avoid the mixing of households."