Dozens of woke students took to the streets today to demand the sacking of their university’s chief Professor Tim Luckhurst – after he branded them ‘pathetic’ in a row over free speech

Dozens of woke students took to the streets today to demand the sacking of their university’s chief Professor Tim Luckhurst – after he branded them ‘pathetic’ in a row over free speech.

Around 200 students gathered at Durham University this afternoon to protest about the row that blew up following a speech by writer Rod Liddle at an end of year event.

The journalist, and one-time editor of Radio 4’s Today Programme, had been invited to speak after a dinner by Professor Luckhurst last Friday night.

But his talk, which covered trans issues, Kampus terbaik Di lampung women’s rights and racism, saw many students walk out in anger over issues they felt were ‘triggering’.

Durham Students Union is now calling for the resignation of Professor Luckhurst, because he later dubbed the walk-out ‘pathetic’.

It comes after Rod Liddle slammed Durham University for its ‘despicable’ treatment of a leading academic after he invited the journalist to a talk. 

Today the placard-waving students who want him out gathered at South College, where the speech, which included Liddle joking about sex workers, had been given.

Around 200 students gathered at Durham University to protest about the row that blew up following a speech by writer Rod Liddle at an end of year event

Around 200 students gathered at Durham University this afternoon to protest about the row that blew up following a speech by writer Rod Liddle at an end of year event

They held signs emblazoned with the words ‘human rights are not up for the debate’ and ‘#BinTim’ as guest speakers took turns to address the group.

Chants such as ‘hey hey, ho ho, Tim Luckhurst has got to go’ rang out as calls for the professor to stand down grew stronger.

But the students MailOnline spoke to saw no distinction between demanding Luckhurst be sacked and Liddle banned from speaking again and claiming to be in favour of free speech.

Connie Harrison, 18, said: ‘It’s important we are here to support our peers.’I didn’t actually attend the dinner but my friends did and left early because they were just appalled by what was said in the speech.

‘A few of them tried to speak to Tim at the end but he was not open to them. The only way I think they could have responded was by walking out.They weren’t allowed to debate, it just wasn’t the right time for that conversation.

‘Rod Liddle is entitled to his own free speech but not in that environment, not in that context.

Yesterday the placard-waving students who want him out gathered at South College, where the speech, which included Liddle joking about sex workers, had been given

Today the placard-waving students who want him out gathered at South College, where the speech, which included Liddle joking about sex workers, had been given

‘The students should be allowed to debate it and say their opinions too.’

Ben Bradley, also 18, added: ‘It was thrust upon the students without any prior warning.

‘I don’t think it was the time and place to be having that conversation, particularly with something as controversial as that.

‘I believe in free speech but I whole heartedly disagree with what happened in that room.’

Another peer who did attend the dinner said around half upped and left with the other half remaining seated.

The female student, who didn’t want to be named, said: ‘He made comments about single mothers and that their children should be taken away from them.

They held signs emblazoned with the words 'human rights are not up for the debate' and '#BinTim' as guest speakers took turns to address the group

They held signs emblazoned with the words ‘human rights are not up for the debate’ and ‘#BinTim’ as guest speakers took turns to address the group

‘He made comments about trans people, notably saying if you are born with a penis then you are scientifically a man which is scientifically wrong.

‘He said that colonisation wasn’t the force of Africa’s problems and also made comments on prostitution.’

As she spoke another chant rang out, declaring: ‘When my rights are under attack, what do we do?Fight back.’

French and Spanish student Yasmine Daniel, 18, added: ‘He opened the speech with a joke which was ‘I’m disappointed to see no sex workers here tonight’.

‘That set the tone for the speech and it kind of got worse from there.

‘By the end a lot had walked out but a lot of people were petrified to leave.

‘About eight people walked out on the first table but they got a shocking response from the principal, who called them pathetic.

‘Free speech does not equal hate speech – which is was what happened.’

One young man, who wanted to remain anonymous, called for Mr Luckhurst to step down.

He said: ‘I think his place here is now wholly inappropriate because he has let down students so much.

‘The comments Liddle made about people raised by single mothers turning to crime is unfounded.

A small group of Left-wing students staged a protest at South College calling for what they deem a ‘safer, more inclusive’ campus

‘He is absolutely entitled to free speech but free speech doesn’t include the right to hate speech.

‘And also free speech doesn’t give you the right to free speech anywhere.

‘It was not an appropriate setting to have that conversation and it wasn’t appropriate to have it without warning.’

It is understood guest speakers earlier attended a pre-dinner seminar, where they were able to listen and debate ideas with students.

However, a student said Liddle was unable to attend the seminar slot, and so spoke at the dinner where students were unable to respond to his views.

Junior Common Room president, Sean Hannigan said in a speech to the crowd: ‘We were jumped with a speaker who we did not expect to be speaking.

The activists gathered on a green with placards reading 'mansplain, manipulate, manwife' and 'we're queer, we're here'

The activists gathered on a green with placards reading ‘mansplain, manipulate, manwife’ and ‘we’re queer, we’re here’

‘There was no chance to respond.We know these issues were deliberately inflammatory and it was not exactly the right way to raise any of these.

‘I have heard from a lot of other people that they have been organising a rent strike, so this is exactly the momentum we need to get going.

‘The only way that the university will listen is if it hits them financially.

‘This country belongs to us, gay people and black people and every person who lives here.’

Then echoing an old slogan of Jeremy Corbyn’s he added: ‘We need to stand up for this country and its rights and build a new country for the many not the few.’

It comes after Rod Liddle slammed Durham University for its ‘despicable’ treatment of a leading academic after he invited the journalist to a talk.

A small number of student activists marched on South College yesterday in their latest attempt to get the professor sacked

A small number of student activists marched on South College today in their latest attempt to get the professor sacked

The columnist said the institution should issue a ‘grovelling apology’ to Professor Tim Luckhurst and ‘reinstate him immediately to all his duties’.

He also called for bosses to say sorry to him for ‘vilifying’ his speech which addressed trans issues, women’s rights and institutional racism to ‘appease jabbering infants’ and said they should reimburse his £150 travel expenses.

It comes as a group of Left-wing students staged a protest at South College calling for the professor to apologise for his wife’s comments to them or quit.

The baying activists gathered on a green with placards reading ‘mansplain, manipulate, manwife’ and ‘we’re queer, we’re here’.

Professor Luckhurst had angered them by shouting ‘pathetic’ when students staged a walk-out during Mr Liddle’s talk on Friday – although he later apologised.

He has now been placed under investigation by the university and is barred from duties following the furore.It is understood he is gagged while the case is live.

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