Student Protests Update: Largely Peaceful As March Reaches End

Image by RachelH

Update: 16.33. Taxi blockade in Trafalgar Square.

Update: 16.22. Sky News report that organisers estimate 10,000 protestors, while the Met say ‘in excess of 2,000′. 20 arrests have been made.

Update: 16.07. Reports of significant kettling in the Moorgate area.

Several thousand people have marched through the streets of London today to show their ire – once again – at tuition fee increases and other controversial education issues. So far, events have been largely peaceful, with the odd naughty chant (“You can stick your rubber bullets up your arse…”), and comedy placard. A good piece outlining the reasons for the march can be found here.

Trafalgar Square was a minor trouble spot – police made a number of arrests when a breakaway group pitched tents in the tourist favourite.The march has now reached London Wall and the Moorgate area. Reports of hurled missiles and minor skirmishes have been reported, and a video of scuffles on New Fetter Lane has just been uploaded. So far, however, the protest has played out with much less violence than the demonstrations earlier this year.

We’ll update this post if there are any major developments.

The scene in Finsbury Square, around 3.30pm. Image by Beth Torr.

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