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Student Tuition Fees Protest Turns Violent

11 Nov

Protests in London yesterday turned violent as students marched against the proposed increase of university tuition fees.

It all started peacefully when an estimated 50,000 students and lecturers arrived in the capital from all over the country on Wednesday morning. They converged on Westminster to demonstrate against tuition fees rising to £9,000 a year and against plans to cut higher education funding by 40%.

However, violence broke out when a small group began to gather around the Conservative Party headquarters, burning placards and banners. This then quickly escalated as protesters began to force their way into the Conservative headquarters, smashing through the large glass front before destroying anything they could inside the building.

The police were heavily outnumbered and failed to cope with the sudden outbreak of violence which resulted in 14 injuries and 35 arrests.

The violence has been roundly condemned by politicians and student leaders. National Union of Students (NUS) president Aaron Porter (who helped organize the original demonstration) criticised the actions of the violent few, saying:

“we’re now having to spend time talking about the rights and wrongs of violence and criminal damage, so actually in many respects I think it undermines our argument rather than allowing us to concentrate on the devastation to our universities and colleges.”

Similarly, Prime Minister David Cameron slammed the attacks, whilst saving praise for the “brave” police officers. He insisted that the protests would not cause him to abandon the plans for increased tuition fees, arguing that the reforms would create “a more progressive system than the one that it will replace”.

Image: Manfred Werner on Wiki Commons

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