University strikes turn violent as protesters storm academic building

University strikes turned violent as protesters stormed an academic building to demand that students in the lecture theatre join the walk out.

A demonstrater was allegedly attacked by a student during a clash in Sussex Univesity’s Jubilee Building, where a Psychology lecture was taking place. 

“One of our marchers was assaulted by a student when we disrupted the lecture,” the Sussex Supports the Strike group wrote in a statement on their Facebook page.

“The marcher in question was violently tackled into a wooden table by another student,” the group claimed.

Joanna Pawlik, an art history lecturer at the university, told The Daily Telegraph: “We’ve had a lot of support from the students. We don’t like the way the pensions situation is being imposed on us which is why we have taken this action.”

A group of protesters gained access to the Universities UK (UUK) headquarters in central London, where they staged a sit-in.