Strauss-Kahn Cambridge speech protests: Three charged

Demonstrators outside Cambridge Union Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Many of the demonstrators were women angered by the incident involving Mr Strauss-Kahn in New York

Three people have been charged after protests over a speech in Cambridge by the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The trouble flared as Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrived at the Cambridge Union Society debate on Friday.

A 20-year-old man and a woman, 21, both from Cambridge, are accused of criminal damage.

A man, 19, from Littleport, Cambridgeshire, is charged with obstructing a police officer.

The trio will appear before magistrates in Cambridge later this month.

A 23-year-old woman from London, arrested on suspicion of breaking the peace, will face no further action, a police spokesman said.

Student opposition

Mr Strauss-Kahn was invited to the Cambridge Union Society last year, before allegations about a sex attack on a chambermaid in the United States arose.

The claims led to his resignation from the IMF, but the criminal investigation against him in New York was dropped in August. A criminal investigation on attempted rape claims in Paris was dropped in October.

A student union group had opposed the visit after he faced sex assault charges, which were later dropped.

An open letter published by Cambridge University Student Union Women's Campaign had questioned the choice of Mr Strauss-Kahn as a speaker.

But the society said Mr Strauss-Kahn had a right to "free speech".

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