STUDENTS IN LONDON CLASH WITH POLICE*
On November 24, students marched and clashed with police in London and other cities today in a national walkout and day of protest against tuition fees and education cuts. Smoke grenades, fireworks and paint/spray cans were set off, and fires lit around parts of London as protesters clashed with police. Later in the afternoon, police on horseback mounted attacks on demonstrators by suddenly charging them at high speed. Police also used gas in their attempts to disperse protesters. Many protesters were held in a police cordon, between police lines, known as a “kettle” for several hours before being released 2 at a time, then 10 at a time later in the evening. A number of protesters managed to break out of that cordon, and have the police surrounded. Protesters understood that keeping mobile and moving about quickly avoided them being kettled by police. Police made repeated attempts to kettle more protesters that arrived in the evening, but the protesters escaped police control tactics and marched unhindered around central London, with angry students lighting fires, and shop windows and cars belonging to the rich being smashed.
Many universities have also been occupied by students and are currently ongoing.
See links for detailed reports and photos:
STUDENT CUTS PROTEST - PICS AND ACCOUNT (PART ONE)
STUDENT CUTS PROTEST - PICS AND ACCOUNT (PART TWO)
STUDENT CUTS PROTEST - PICS AND ACCOUNT (PART THREE)
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