Police to investigate Manchester student protest


Fallout has continued this week from the violence which surrounded a visit to Manchester University by Israel's deputy ambassador.

Manchester's top police officer spoke out to condemn last month's attack on Talya Lador-Fresher. Jewish communal organisations have also requested a meeting with university representatives to formulate a plan for avoiding future disturbances.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Peter Fahy confirmed that his force was investigating whether the law had been broken by protesters who tried to smash the windscreen of a security vehicle in which Ms Lador-Fresher was travelling.

Mr Fahy also admitted that a greater police presence may be employed on campus for future events to ensure such scenes are not repeated. He said: "What happened was unacceptable. We are looking at the incident to make sure it doesn't happen again."

The JC understands Community Security Trust representatives in the city are working with police to identify those who took part in the protest.

In a joint letter, the Board of Deputies, the Manchester Jewish Representative Council, and the Union of Jewish Students, called on the university to "state its abhorrence at the activities of those who tried to stifle free speech through intimidation and violence".

The university has responded to the letter but declined to comment further.

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