Owen Holland, Cambridge University, Student Suspended For Poem

03/16/2012 04:54 pm ET

LONDON -- Hundreds have protested at Cambridge University over the 2 1/2-year suspension of a student who interrupted a politician's speech with a poem.

Graduate student Owen Holland was this week banned until October 2014 by the university's Court of Discipline. He disrupted a November speech by Universities Minister David Willetts with a poem entitled "Go Home, David."

Before the suspension, dozens of staff and students wrote a letter saying they had also taken part in the Willetts protest and asking for the same punishment.

The Cambridge University Student Union said 500 people attended a demonstration against the suspension on Friday.

Protests have erupted at British universities since the government tripled maximum tuition fees to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year.