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Police Called to University of Aberdeen Protest

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The police have been called to the University of Aberdeen following a disturbance at a protest over pensions.

Students had managed to occupy the senior management corridor at the administration building in Regent Walk.

Students claim the police were called over concerns university security staff were being heavy handed in their response.

However, a University of Aberdeen spokesperson said: "Police were called to the University Office this afternoon by our staff following an incident whereby a group of protesters forced their way into the building, leaving staff shaken and distressed and resulting in one staff member being knocked to the ground and having their head trodden on."

"As frightened staff were forcibly pushed aside by the group they protected themselves as best they could but categorically deny inappropriately handling any individuals. We are extremely disappointed with this turn of events."

The students were occupying the building to show solidarity with academics involved in the University College Union pension dispute.

Those on strike turned down an agreement reached by university union leaders and employers to end the dispute, which could lead to further disruption during the exam season.