Day X student protests – 3:30pm update
November 24, 2010 15 Comments
Day X has been an extraordinary success so far, with tens of thousands of university, college and sixth form students protesting up and down the country. Students walked out of classes, marched through town centres and in some cases occupied buildings in protest at government plans to hike fees and scrap vital EMA payments. The protests are young, militant and spirited – an inspiration to all those fighting cuts.
Student protesters, lecturers and all those who support them will be heading to Downing Street from 6pm this evening for a rally with speeches from Jeremy Corbyn MP, Caroline Lucas MP, John McDonnell MP and others.
You can follow our updates on Twitter at @edactivistnet. There’s also rolling coverage on the Guardian website, including an excellent video interviewing college students about why they’re protesting today.
Highlights of the day so far include:
• Thousands of students walked out and converged on Trafalgar Square in central London today. They are currently being kettled by police in Whitehall. The protesters are calling on everyone to come to Whitehall ASAP to show solidarity. There is a rally planned for outside Downing Street this evening.
• A wave of occupations has broken out in universities across the country, often arising out of mass protests. These include University College London, London South Bank University, Birmingham University, Warwick University, Oxford, Strathclyde, Cardiff, Dundee, University of East London, Portsmouth, Leeds. This comes on top of occupations earlier this week at Royal Holloway, SOAS, Manchester Metropolitan and UWE Bristol.
• There have been huge student marches in Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Sheffield, Liverpool and many other towns and cities including Brighton, Exeter, Bournemouth, Milton Keynes and Ipswich.
On Sunday 28 November students from around the country will be meeting in Birkbeck College for a national coordination meeting initiated by the Education Activist Network and supported by NCAFC and ULU Student Assembly.