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13 arrested after student protest at Birmingham University

Police have been called in to deal with a student protest, involving at least one hundred people, at Birmingham University.

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University had 'no choice' but to request Police support

A Birmingham University spokesman has condemned the actions of Defend Education Birmingham, the group who carried out yesterday's protest:

The actions of Defend Education Birmingham - a group not affiliated to the Guild of Students or in any way representative of our student body - included defacing buildings and property, throwing smoke bombs and fireworks, smashing down doors, damaging buildings including Aston Webb and the Old Joe clock tower, as well as injuring staff.

She went on to say the University had 'no choice' but to call in Police support, after buildings and property was defaced by protestors yesterday:

Given the serious nature of their actions, the University had no choice but to ask the police for assistance in restoring order and protecting students, staff and university property... Whilst peaceful protest is part of university life, the University cannot tolerate behaviour that causes harm to individuals, damage to property or significant disruption to our university community.

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