Calls for Manchester University vice-chancellor to quit after racism row

Anti-racism campaigners are calling for the vice-chancellor of Manchester University to resign after a student was left “traumatised” by being allegedly racially profiled.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Photograph: Joe Hindley/PA

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Dozens of students took part in a demonstration at the university’s Fallowfield campus on Monday night amid growing anger at its handling of the coronavirus lockdown.

Zac Adan, a 19-year-old first year student, said he was “accused of looking like a drug dealer” by the university’s security officers who held him up against a wall and demanded to see his identification on Friday night.

The University of Manchester, which is part of the prestigious Russell group of universities, has launched an investigation into the incident and suspended the security officers involved.

However, it has brought renewed focus on an institution that has battled a series of controversies, prompting almost daily protests from students, including the installation of metal fencing

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