Mile End student lodges complaint about police following fees protest

A student from Queen Mary College in Mile End has made a complaint about the police at last month’s student protest.

Tahmeena Bax, was knocked unconscious after crowds of students were allegedly rushed by police with batons at a “kettle” at the protest against tuition fees at Trafalgar Square on November 30.

In an interview with the Guardian Miss Bax is quoted as claiming she was she was hit over the head several times. Fellow students asked police for help to get her out of the cordoned off area and footage allegedly showed students remonstrating with police to get an ambulance to her. Eventually she was taken to the Canadian Embassy. According to Estelle du Boulay, the director of the Newham Monitoring Project which has taken up her case, there was then an hour and a half wait for an ambulance to get her to hospital.

Miss Bax was treated at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital for concussion but was not detained overnight.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has received a complaint from 20-year-old Miss Bax, who lives in Newham and is now recovering at home.


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The third year history student is still getting headaches after the incident.

An IPCC spokeswoman confirmed that a complaint has been received and a Met Police investigation will continue under its surveillance.

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