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Students protest at vice-chancellors' meeting

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2240

Protesting in London

Protesting in London

Day X4 today saw students take to the streets to defend education and resist the government’s plans to massively raise tuition fees.

Hundreds picketed the Universities UK (UUK) offices in Tavistock Square, central London, where vice-chancellors held a meeting discussing the raising of fees.

Police attempted to keep students away from the building's front door, but students broke through their lines and protested right outside the door.

They chanted, 'UUK get out! We know what you are about! Cuts, job losses, money for the bosses!'

Students have come from universities across London, including LSE, King's College, London Southbank, Goldsmiths, Soas and Westminster. Some school students have joined the march despite being on half term.

People marching from LSE stopped traffic as they went up Kingsway.

Michelle from Westminster University, said, “Our universities are not just making cuts. They are also hand in hand with the arms trade, investing our fees in bombs and bullets that oppress people across the world. We not only want free education but also ethical education and a world where no one profits from the murder of innocent people.”

Protesters blocked Euston Road and then marched round central London, occupying Barclay’s Bank on Tottenham Court Road.

They then marched to the US embassy to join a protest by Libyan people there. Hundreds of people are chanting, '42 years – enough is enough,' referring to Gaddafi's long rule, and 'Go, go Gaddafi.'

Students occupying Hull university marched out today to join an 800-strong council workers’ protest against cuts. And students at Cambridge university were to protest at 4pm today, following a successful mass meeting yesterday. Leeds university students held a show trial of their vice-chancellor ouside the student union today.

Manchester university was reoccupied yesterday by students taking over Roscoe Theatre A.

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Thu 24 Feb 2011, 15:41 GMT
Issue No. 2240
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