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

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