Tens of thousands of students marched from ULU through central London to the City to protest against the rise in tuition fees and withdrawal of EMA.
There were some scuffles with police on the march, but there was not vandalism and destruction like that seen at Milbank the year previously.
One breakaway group of protesters setup more than dozen pop-up tents in Trafalgar Square in an attempt to occupy it, similar to the current occupations of St Pauls cathedral, Finsbury Square and Wall Street.
Tens of thousands of protesters marched through central London as members of the PCS, UCU, NUT and ATL unions took part in a 24 hour strike over pensions.
The government is proposing to increase the retirement age to 68 for public sector workers as well as numerous other changes that would reduce the size of the pension whilst making employees contribute more.
The march passed off peacefully, however after the main march had finished there were scuffles with police as a group of protesters marched back up Whitehall.
Conservatives, libertarians and eurosceptics rallied outside Parliament against Government debt. Many said that the Chancellor, George Osbourne, was not cutting public spending deeper or faster enough.
Organisers of the rally, the Taxpayers Alliance, had expected around a thousand people to turn up, but only a few hundred actually attended. The rally was addressed by Conservative MPs Priti Patel and Bill Cash as well as the leader of UKIP Nigel Farage MEP.
There was a small scuffle when stewards took placards from two protesters that said “Libraries suck” and “School is for Fools”. After the speeches an EU flag was burnt on the steps of the statue of George V, opposite Parliament.
A protest group calling itself ‘TakeVAT’ were chased by police around Heathrow airport as they attempted to get inside terminal 3.
The group targeted the airport because they claim the aviation industry pays no VAT on fuel or aircraft, avoiding £9 billion in VAT.
The protests come after a similar group called UK Uncut protested outside shops that they say avoid paying taxes such as Vodafone and Topshop, temporarily shutting down hundreds of retail stores across the country. Both groups say that if big businesses paid more tax then there would be no need for the coalition governments proposed cuts to public services.
Police eventually managed to contain the protesters in a stairway in the arrivals lounge of terminal 3 and escorted them away to the train station.
Thousands of student protesters took to the streets to protests against the Governments plans to scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and increase in university tuition fees.
The protest split into smaller groups throughout the day, with some blockading Topshop on Oxford Street and others joining the protest outside the Egyptian embassy.
A similar protest was held in Manchester on the same day, backed by the National Union of Students and the TUC. NUS president Aaron Porter was targeted by protesters there calling him a ‘Tory too’ and had to be protected by police.
BBC employees and NUJ members held a vigil for the World Service outside Bush House where it is based after it was announced that 650 jobs would be cut as well as ending the Azeri, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish for Cuba, Turkish, Vietnamese and Ukrainian language services.
General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists Jeremy Dear said “We do not accept that there needs to be a single job or service cut” adding that the union was prepared to ballot for industrial action over the proposed cuts and job losses.
Anti-fascist protesters prevented BNP leader Nick Griffin from entering the Frontline Club, where he was due to take part in a discussion about the “Battle for Barking” documentary about the general election campaign in Barking and Dagenham that Griffin contested in 2010.
As Griffin attempted to enter the club he and his security guards clashed with anti-fascist protesters who were waiting outside. After scuffles between the two, Griffin and his guards were chased down the street by protesters before taking shelter in a nearby hotel.
Tens of thousands of students gathered in London to protest outside Parliament as MPs voted to increase tuition fees. There was violence throughout the day as protesters clashed with police.
Most of the protesters were contained by police in Parliament Square. As night fell protesters pelted police with rocks, bottles and fireworks. Several protesters got inside the Treasury building after breaking down a door.