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Students protest at London mayor’s education cuts

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2434

Students protested outside Boris Johnsons Question Time

Students protested outside Boris Johnson's Question Time (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Students protested outside City Hall in London today, Wednesday, over Tory plans to cut investment in education and youth services.

Tory mayor Boris Johnson wants to slash investment by 90 percent from £22.6 million to £2.3 million by 2017.

The protest was organised by the Student Assembly Against Austerity and others.

Kulsoom Mall from Kingston University was one of the protesters.

She told Socialist Worker, “Boris Johnson’s plans are ridiculous. Youth services are already under attack, and many young people feel so low.

“What does he think is going to happen?”

The protesters had hoped to watch the Mayor’s Question Time—which is open to the public—where the plans were being discussed.

But organisers say security had told them the wrong time for the start of the meeting.

Security wanted to stop the protesters from entering the public gallery altogether. And they insisted on searching everybody’s bags twice when they were finally allowed in.

The meeting had ended before even half of the group had managed to enter the building.

One of the protest organisers told Socialist Worker: “They tried to sabotage the protest. But I take as a good thing. It means they’re scared—that they’ve heard us.”

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Wed 17 Dec 2014, 14:59 GMT
Issue No. 2434
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