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

Heathrow airport targeted by VAT protests

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.

Photos: Heathrow airport targeted by VAT protests

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

Vigil for the BBC World Service

NUJ General Secretary Jeremy Dear addresses the crowd of protesters and workers outside Bush House

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.

Photos: Vigil for the BBC World Service

Nick Griffin attacked by anti-fascists

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.

Photos: Nick Griffin attacked by anti-fascists

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