An NUS led protest in Central London against government rises in tuition fees has ended in angry clashes between demonstrators and police. Around 30,000 people descended on the capital early this morning, marching peacefully to challenge the Conservative Party’s plans to lift the cap on tuition fees, whilst cutting student funding.
The Millbank Building which houses the Conservative Party headquarters was broken into late this afternoon by hordes of angry protestors, bringing an ugly end to a day that had begun with little trouble. The violent head-to-head between police and demonstrators came to a climax at Westminster, where police lines were apparently broken and placards set fire to. St Johns Ambulance reports that 9 people were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
The demonstration, which Southampton University Students’ Union provided t-shirts and transport for five coach-loads of students and lecturers to attend, was apparently hijacked by violent demonstrators, some of whom covered their faces to avoid identification. The leader of the National Union of Students, Aaron Porter described the violence as ‘despicable’.