Pair Arrested Over Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Cambridge University Address (PICTURES)

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Pair Arrested During DSK Protests At Cambridge University
Pair Arrested During DSK Protests At Cambridge University

Two people have been arrested outside Cambridge University's Union Society building where Dominique Strauss-Kahn was controversially scheduled to deliver his address to students.

The former IMF chief has been invited by Cambridge's debating society to speak on Friday but his appearance has prompted angry individuals to graffiti the walls of the prestigious university.

Meanwhile, Cambridge Police confirmed a 20-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were arrested at 5.30am on Friday.

"The police were called by a member of the public to reports of suspicious activity outside the union building," a spokesperson told The Huffington Post UK.

"Two individuals have been arrested on suspicion of criminal activity and are being held in custody at Parkside Police Station."

Hundreds of posters were found hanging from the building where DSK, who was accused of sexually assaulting a maid in New York last year, is due to speak, the Cambridge News reported.

Graffiti also defaced the walls, with one message reading "DSK die" and another "women deserve better".

Earlier on Friday, the debating society issued a robust defence of its decision to keep DSK's invitation open.

"We must state that the Union will not be rescinding its invitation to Strauss-Kahn," a statement said.

"The Society has been inviting him to address our members for several years, given his economic knowledge as then head of the IMF, and his experience of French politics.

"He was not invited after or as a result of the circumstances surrounding his departure from the IMF.

"We would like to add that the purpose of the Union is to provide a neutral platform for free speech."

The Frenchman is still being pursued through the civil courts and was released from a French police station recently after being questioned over a suspected hotel prostitution ring.

The American lawyer representing the hotel maid fighting a civil case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn also spoke at Cambridge University on Friday. Douglas H Wigdor, who is pursuing a civil case against the controversial economist for sexual assault in New York, hosted a talk for students in the faculty of law and joined the students in protest against the invite,

Union officials came to blows over his appearance live on BBC Newshour in February after numerous students said they were "deeply unhappy".

Hundreds of students at Cambridge University have signed a petition protesting against the decision to invite DSK saying it disregarded his admission of sexual aggression.

Ruth Graham, women's officer for Cambridge's Students Union (CUSU), told Katie Lam, president of private members club the Cambridge Union Society (CUS), the women's society felt "very strongly about having this man to speak".

But Lam hit back at the jibes, saying whether or he is an "unsavoury character" has nothing to do with the remit of the society.

"It is not part of the purpose of what we do. We do not make judgements on the speakers we have here. It is a neutral forum and we invite speakers regardless of background or history."

The Cambridge Union Society anticipates a high level of attendance at the event and demand for places is expected to exceed the capacity of the union building.

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