On November 19th thousands of people marched on the UK parliament in the biggest student action in four years demanding an end to tuition fees, student debt and government cuts to education funding. The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) confirmed that the rally was also linked to the WE ARE STUDENTS NOT CUSTOMERS – Global Week of Action.
Organisers say 10,000 people joined the march calling for an end to university tuition fees, making it the the biggest mobilisation of students since 2010, when fees of up to £9,000-a-year were introduced.
The Metropolitan police said four people were arrested at the demo (two for allegedly assaulting a police officer, and two for alleged affray), while the NCAFC states that eleven protesters were arrested. Three police officers suffered minor injuries.
There were confrontations with police as some protesters pushed down barriers in Parliament Square, while others threw paint at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and a nearby Starbucks.
Meanwhile, one splinter group of a couple of hundred students had been doing laps of the Supreme Court. I caught up to them and suddenly we were running down Victoria Street, ending up at the department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
There was a stand off and some scuffling. Someone got nicked. Smoke and flares erupted. Plastic barriers appeared. “Tory scum, here we come!” echoed out as paint bombs flew over our heads. A team of riot cops appeared, but not before the assembled mass had made their way from the entrance and down to a branch of Starbucks.
The offices of NUS England were daubed in paint ahead of the march, after the union withdrew its support, citing safety fears.
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