Goldsmiths students sabotage new building launch

Goldsmiths students today chose the formal opening ceremony for the college's new digital media centre to protest against changes to university funding.

Anger was directed toward former Conservative Party Chief Executive and current ITV chairman Archie Norman, who was invited to open the building.

East London Lines reports:

The college authorities attempted to go ahead with speeches in the staff dining room, but scores of protestors burst in as Norman began to speak, blowing horns and chanting. Most of the dozens of bottles of the wine put out for guests instantly disappeared as the event ended in chaos.

The disruption cast a shadow over the opening of the New Academic Building (NAB), the biggest investment on the Goldsmiths campus for many years and which houses the university’s Media and Communications department.