UEL suspends ‘Mr Mayhem’ and cancels alternative G20

UK“An alternative G20 summit at the University of East London was cancelled this week after security concerns and the suspension of its principal organiser. Chris Knight, chairman of the Docklands branch of the University and College Union at UEL, was suspended on charges of bringing the institution into disrepute over public comments he made about the likelihood of violence during the anti-capitalist protests in London. Billed in the media as ‘Mr Mayhem’, the professor of anthropology at UEL was the key figure behind the alternative summit, which was due to take place on 1 April, the day before the G20 Summit of world leaders at the nearby ExCel Centre. UEL said its primary responsibility was to maintain a ‘safe and secure campus environment’ …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 2 April]

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