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Full police investigation launched after KCL security guards were attacked on campus


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Last night, the Strand campus was evacuated after violent protestors broke into campus and set off smoke bombs and broke windows. 

This afternoon, Principal Ed Byrne released a statement condoning last night's events, he warned that any King's student found to have been involved in the violence will be dealt with severely:

"We have requested a full police investigation and, if it transpires that any King's student was involved in the violent protest, we will invoke the most stringent measures under the student disciplinary process.

"We do not yet know if the violence to our staff was perpetrated by members of our community or sternal parties.

"I'm shocked to have to report that the behaviour of these protestors was particularly aggressive and violent. 

"Some of the attendees and our security staff were injured when demonstrators - some of them masked and hooded - forced their way into the lecture hall. A smoke bomb was thrown. The whole event was a frightening experience for everybody who was there, including staff who were doing their job."

A protest was organised by seven of the university's societies in response to an event hosted by King's Libertarian Society in which controversial figures Carl Benjamin and Yaron Brook had been invited to speak.

The event had to be cancelled after Antifa protestors broke into campus and stormed the Edmond J. Safra lecture theatre where the event was being held, smoke bombs were set off and parts of the Grade II listed building was damaged.

A number of King's security staff were injured as the evening unfolded. The police were called to the scene at 6:50 pm but Antifa protestors had dispersed by the time they arrived. 

Featured image courtesy of Alex Buhaenko

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