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

Tens of thousands march to save public sector pensions


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.

Photos: Tens of thousands march to save public sector pensions

Protesters march to Save the NHS

Thousands of people, including healthcare professionals, marched through central London from outside University College Hospital to the Department of Health on Whitehall.

Protesters called for the health secretary’s plans to reform the NHS to be scrapped and the prime minister to sack him from his role.

Photos: Protesters march to Save the NHS

Conservatives & Eurosceptics Rally Against Debt

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.

Photos: Conservatives & Eurosceptics Rally Against Debt

UK Uncut Protesters target Topshop

Protesters in London closed Topshop’s flagship store on Oxford Street for several hours after it’s boss Sir Phillip Green avoided paying tax on a dividend of £1.2 billion from the parent company Arcadia.

There were also actions across the country, with protesters organising actions in 19 other cities around the country. Vodafone had previously been targeted by the same group after it avoided paying an estimated £6 billion in tax on a merger deal.

Photos: UK Uncut Protesters target Topshop

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

Students walkout against Government cuts

A police officer grabs a protester by the neck as they attempt to remove protesters blocking Whitehall

Thousands of students marched on Westminster on the second day of action against the proposed rises in tuition fees and cuts to the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

Students across the country took part in coordinated national action as they walked out from classes and lectures and marched on town centres.

The protests also led to a flurry of occupations, a handful of Universities that were already in occupation by students were joined by others across the country bringing them to a total of 17.

Photos: Students walkout against Government cuts

Student protesters storm Conservative Party HQ

Thousands of protesters can be seen from the roof of 30 Millbank
Tens of thousands of protesters joined a march organised by the National Union of Students and the University and College Union to protest against the coalition governments proposed rises to tuition fees.

The protest turned violent when protesters forced their way inside 30 Millbank, where the Conservative Party HQ is located, and smashed the windows. Protesters then forced their way upstairs and onto the roof of the building, vandalising offices as they went.

Photos: Student protesters storm Conservative Party HQ