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

Live: Student Tuition Fees

Thousands of students are held back by police on Whitehall
Thousands of students are held back by police on Whitehall

I’ll be live blogging the events over the next day or two, leading up to the vote and protests against a rise in student tuition fees. This page will update automatically, no need to refresh.

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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