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

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

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

Thousands march against the Pope

Thousands of people joined a march and rally through central London against the Pope’s state visit to the UK. It is the first time a Pope has been invited to a state visit in the UK. His visit has been controversial because of his involvement before becoming Pope in the cover up of child abuse in the Catholic church.

Photos: Thousands march against the Pope

al-Quds Day Protesters March in London

Around 1000 protesters joined the Quds day march through London
Around 1000 protesters took part in the annual al-Quds march in London. The day was created in 1979 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as a day of protest against Zionism and in solidarity with Muslims across the world.

English Defence League members held a small counter-demonstration alongside the ‘March for England’ group. Counter-protesters shouted “Scum”, “You’re not English anymore” and “Who the f*ck is Allah?” as the Quds day march passed them.

Photos: al-Quds Day March & Rally