Students march against tuition fee rises

Merrill Lynch is boarded up and guarded by police with riot shieldsTens 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.

Photos: Students march against tuition fee rises

Student protests spread over London

A police evidence gatherer punches a protester who is blocking a police van

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.

Photos: Student protests spread over London

Violent protests as MPs vote to increase tuition fees

Police in riot gear charge a crowd of protesters with their batons drawn
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.

Photos: Violent protests as MPs vote to increase tuition fees

The Students are Revolting

Students jump and shout as they march down Millbank in London on a national demonstation called jointly by the NUS and UCU against a rise in tuition fees and cuts to higher education. Image © Jonathan Warren 2010.

Students jump and shout as they march down Millbank in London on a national demonstation called jointly by the NUS and UCU against a rise in tuition fees and cuts to higher education. Image © Jonathan Warren 2010.

It’s a month today since the first students from Goldsmiths occupied Deptford Town Hall to protest against the coalition governments proposed cuts to higher education. Whilst they only managed to occupy the building for 24 hours it has led to a wave of other occupations across the country.

A week later, a day after the massive protest in London organised by the NUS and UCU, students at Manchester University occupied the administrative block on the campus.

Aaron Porter, President of the NUS, was quick to condemn the vandalism of the Conservative Party HQ at Millbank Tower on the 10th of November. But others seized the moment, perhaps realising the depth and intensity of students anger that the Lib Dems were going to renege on their pre-election pledge to oppose a rise in tuition fees.

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Student protesters take to the streets for third week


Student protesters took to the streets of Westminster for the third time this month, protesting against a proposed increase in university tuition fees and cuts to the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) scheme.

Wary of a repeat of last weeks protests where protesters were ‘kettled’ by police for several hours, protesters spent much of the day running through the streets around Westminster evading police. As night fell groups of protesters from around the city rallied in Trafalgar Square before riot police moved in to break up the protest.

The protest was part of a national day of action that saw thousands of students marching through cities across the country. Council offices in Birmingham and Oxford were also occupied by protesters.

Photos: Student protesters take to the streets for third week