Anti-Government student protests in London

  • By Marius Lydall

 

Police use violence in totalitarian crackdown against legal peaceful protests in Britain

Tens if not hundreds of thousands of students from across the UK peacefully walked through central London on Wednesday complaining about the ever increasing costs of an education who’s quality becomes poorer every year.

Those of us over 30 will remember that Britain’s education system was one to be envied at one time. With high quality education costing around £1’500 per year, with free education in Wales and Scotland and grants available in England for lower income students.

Today paying an average of £9’000 per year, plus living costs, extortionate rent for dire squalor, ever increasing costs of materials as education moves into the digital age, the British education system is now nothing more than a bad joke.

One complaint students make over and over again is they feel they are paying for tuition they are not receiving, the spars lectures to packed halls consisting of a lecturer reading from a book, and referring to online resources, the students are effectively teaching themselves. This maybe seen as learning a vital skill, except the materials learned are often irrelevant to the working life and not at all vocational, merely a means to pass an exam which bears no resemblance to working practice. This has left a large wave of young professionals who are incompetent in their jobs. Not to worry though, so few young people can actually afford to go to university any more that most of Britain’s new work force has an equally poor school education instead.


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Student protesters marched, calling for the abolition of tuition fees and the retention of maintenance grants.

The “grants not debt” march came to a stop outside the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

The students fled and started to run into more open streets and spaces after police started to use Kettling on the protesters, storming the unarmed teenagers with heavy use of batons and brutality, dragging many to the floor, punching, kicking and beating them with their police batons, often groups of 4 or 5 adult male, armed police beating single individual teenagers on the ground.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Protesters are wrestled to the ground by police as tensions flare at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills during a demonstration against education cuts on November 4, 2015 in London, England. University students from across the country are marching on the streets of London to protest against cuts to free education. After a rally outside what was the University of London Union, the march will take in Parliament Square, Milibank - occupied by student protesters five years ago - and end in front of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (the department responsible for universities). (Photo by Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

Protesters responded by firing fireworks at the police and throwing missiles to create a distraction whilst they rushed into rescue their injured fellow students.

The protestors were calling for a “free education”.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police said a “small number of smoke bombs and eggs were thrown at police outside BIS”.

They said there were 12 arrests for public order offences.

Thousands of students had marched through central London, with chants and placards attacking the cost of going to university.

Earlier Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sent a message of support for the cause of abolishing tuition fees and shadow chancellor John McDonnell addressed the students before the rally.

Anti-Government protests have been continuous in the UK’s capital London for 6 months, since the 30% majority election of right wing conservative leader David Cameron. Police tactics have progressively become extreme, violent and often in clear breach of the law.


 

M.Lydall@theinternational.org.uk