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Issue No. 2396

Protesters slam cops

Greater Manchester Police face growing criticism over policing of the Barton Moss anti?fracking camp in Salford. 

This is especially after the arrest of protester Vanda Gillett was caught on camera last week.

It was the second time cops arrested Vanda at the camp. She has launched a formal complaint against the police. 

An independent protest panel made its first visit to the camp last week—and only spoke to police, to the anger of protesters.

Shale gas bosses and government officials were forced to move their industry conference across London on Wednesday of last week. This was after anti-fracking campaigners called a protest outside the Shale Gas Forum.

Tuition fees in shambles

The government was forced to admit it “got its maths wrong” over tuition fees last week.

It originally predicted that only 28 percent of student loans would never be repaid. But now the actual figure is 45 percent and rising.

Graduates aren’t getting well paid jobs, and so they stay below the threshold for repayment.

When defaults reach 48 percent this will cancel out any financial gain the government predicted from their tuition fee hike.

Guards face death charge

Three guards who worked for firm G4S are to be charged with manslaughter over the death of Jimmy Mubenga. Jimmy died during a forced deportation in 2010. 

A government’s annual Monitoring Places of Detention report says that despite revelations of Jimmy’s treatment, victims of forced deportation still face “disproportionate force and restraint”.

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Tue 25 Mar 2014, 17:43 GMT
Issue No. 2396
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