Day Of Student Protests In London

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Day Of Student Protests In London

4.30pm update: According to Sky News, eight arrests have been made during the protests. Six have been treated for injuries, and two police officers have been taken to hospital.

3pm update: Large numbers of students have convened on Whitehall, where things have turned violent. The police, mindful of what happened earlier in the month, are taking a more aggressive approach, resorting to the notorious 'kettling' technique to keep protesters corralled in a small space near the Treasury, having prevented them from reaching Parliament Square.

As the kettle heats up, so tempers rise: protesters are attempting to break through the police lines, and  TV pictures have shown clashes between the two sides. Earlier on, a police van parked in Whitehall was damaged by protesters. There are also reports that students have taken over the part of the University of East London. The Twitter hashtag #demo2010 is teeming with on-the-ground reports: numerous people have tweeted that they were hit by batons, while one police officer is reported to have a broken arm.

Original post:

University, college and school students across London are today expected to join a wave of action against rising tuition fees and cuts in education spending.

The day of sit-ins, walk-outs, marches and rallies is organised by the Education Activist Network, the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and local student union officers who are angry at the Coalition government's higher education funding plans. The protests follow the NUS march of 50,000 students through central London on November 10, which ended with thousands surrounding, occupying and vandalising the Millbank Conservative party headquarters. The NUS is not involved in organising today's actions.

Students at four universities, including SOAS and Royal Holloway in London, have occupied university buildings ahead of the protests. More occupations are expected later today.

Organisers expect students across the country, including FE and school students, to walk-out of lessons between 10 am and midday. Protests planned in London include a march from ULU to Trafalgar Square beginning at 11 am; a rally at Trafalgar Square at midday; a protest at the Lib Dem headquarters in Cowley Street SW1 at 2 pm; and a rally at Downing Street at 5 pm.

The Lib Dems have come in for particularly fierce criticism from students for going back on their pre-election pledge to oppose tuition fee increases. Nick Clegg last night appealed to students planning to protest today to, "Examine our proposals before taking to the streets. Listen and look before you march and shout."

The Met police are thought be keen to demonstrate they are prepared for any violence after admitting being unready for the occupation at Millbank two weeks ago. They have put the officer who oversaw the Met's operation at the G20 protests in London in 2009 in charge today. Former Met deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick told Sky News this morning that police would “throw the kitchen sink” at the protests to make sure there is no trouble.

Londonist will have updates on the actions throughout the day.

By Neil Roberts. Image by Ren's Photography in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 24 November 2010

Smelly

hello

Screwup44

good luck guys, hope you make yourselves heard

Screwup44

good luck guys, hope you make yourselves heard

richard

As a Pensioner I am really pleased to see that the students are standing up for the rights for free tuition. Keep it up kids and lets hope you succeed in changing this government's mind.

richard

As a Pensioner I am really pleased to see that the students are standing up for the rights for free tuition. Keep it up kids and lets hope you succeed in changing this government's mind.

Cat

I understand that students are currently occuping University College, London.

Cat

I understand that students are currently occuping University College, London.

carly

The government seem to think that everyone is made of money, like themselves. Well sorry to say that ALL people deserve a chance to attend university if they wish, everyone deserves the chance to improve their life and achieve their own ambitions. The government is taking this debt too far and we should not suffer for THEIR mistakes, lets take part of the debt out of their wages for not doing their job properly. If we failed at our job, we'd face the same consequences or similar so why should we suffer. Good luck students!!

carly

The government seem to think that everyone is made of money, like themselves. Well sorry to say that ALL people deserve a chance to attend university if they wish, everyone deserves the chance to improve their life and achieve their own ambitions. The government is taking this debt too far and we should not suffer for THEIR mistakes, lets take part of the debt out of their wages for not doing their job properly. If we failed at our job, we'd face the same consequences or similar so why should we suffer. Good luck students!!

gennie

i dont thinl the new cap is such a bad idea cz u pay back only when u start earning above £21000,,,, but w@ i dnt understand is does one hv 2 b tied down in the UK after uni

gennie

i dont thinl the new cap is such a bad idea cz u pay back only when u start earning above £21000,,,, but w@ i dnt understand is does one hv 2 b tied down in the UK after uni

TAX PAYER

So bringing London to a standstill, spraying Graffiti, and damaging police vehicles (waste of Tax payers money) has made a difference?
Grow up kids!

TAX PAYER

So bringing London to a standstill, spraying Graffiti, and damaging police vehicles (waste of Tax payers money) has made a difference?
Grow up kids!

TAX PAYER

So bringing London to a standstill, spraying Graffiti, and damaging police vehicles (waste of Tax payers money) has made a difference?
Grow up kids!

Skhs

the goverment should not do this £90.000 prounds a lot if money

Guest

Keep it up only way to get heard. Good Luck