It is not the welcome Dominique Strauss-Kahn would have wanted when he agreed to speak at Britain’s prestigious Cambridge University.
His subject was the global economy. But for angry demonstrators shouting “DSK, go away!” and other slogans, the real issue was women’s rights.
About 150 protesters, waving banners and chanting “2, 4, 6, 8, no more violence, no more rape” circled the Cambridge Union debating society.
A handful of arrests were made in protests over the ex-IMF chief’s appearance.
Even during the session, he was asked about the sex assault charges he faced in New York. They have now been dropped. But the French former presidential hopeful still faces a civil case brought by his accuser, hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo.
As he left, the crowd tried to scale 20-metre barricades guarded by police and security officers set up to protect him.
Strauss-Kahn was bundled into the back of a police car to escape protesters. Placards were thrown at the vehicle and demonstrators scuffled with officers as he was whisked away.