There were angry scenes in central London, where police blocked marchers from reaching Parliament Square and then ‘kettled’ thousands of youngsters for six hours.
But more impressive still was the news of walkouts, protests and occupations come in from cities and towns all over the country.
Indymedia reports that occupations, teach-ins and walkouts have been reported at places including the University of Kent, Birmingham, Loughborough, Strathclyde, Edinburgh, Essex, Hastings, Winchester, Dursley, Leominster, Bradford, Warwick.
There was also action in Newcastle (reports 1 and 2), Durham, Bristol (reports 1, 2 and 3), Leeds, Cardiff, London – [ULU], [Royal Holloway] [SOAS] [Roehampton] – Glasgow, Plymouth, Sheffield (reports 1, 2, 3, 4), Brighton, Oxford (reports 1 and 2), Nottingham, Manchester and many more…
Says the report: “By Wednesday afternoon, a large demonstration in London included around 3000 people kettled in Whitehall between two police lines (with around 2000 in the surrounding area), a police van smashed and many street fires keeping people warm.
“More trouble was reported in Bristol, Cambridge and Manchester (4 arrests reported).
“In Oxford, students and civilians occupied the iconic Radcliffe Camera, and are calling for supporters to join them. Reports indicate the occupiers are enjoying themselves, having managed to bring in a sound system!
“Many of the occupiers, including those in Cardiff, have announced their intention to remain in occupation until their demands have been met.
“Cops in Bristol were spotted on duty without their numbers displayed, which we’d been assured would never happen again.”
Another day of action is being called for Tuedsay November 30.
Quick report from outside Parliament- National Student Walk-Out Demo, London
on the run – street news
A student Students across the UK are taking direct action against the double whammy of 300% tuition fee rises and huge cuts in higher education funding.
80 students occupy Warwick university
More people, apparently now including union sabbatical officers (belatedly) and supportive lecturers are outside the room being blocked from entering by security. Security are being heavy handed: three guards and one police officer (PC8532) earlier grabbed one student by force and tried to drag him away and arrest him (after others showed solidarity and de-arrested him they said “we will see you later”).
Students are determined to hold the space — we will set up a true “free university” with workshops, talks, films etc. to show them how it’s done. We are currently drawing up a full statement. The occupation is entirely non-violent, and we will not obstruct lectures (there are no lectures in the room today but wil be tomorrow) — but we will not let them take our university off us.
Make sure you barricade yourselves in properly this time.