Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Student demonstrations around the country

While tens of thousands of protesters angered by proposals to increase university tuition fees stole the headlines on Wednesday, students across the country were holding their own demonstrations.

Protesters sit in front of police officers during a demonstration  in Manchester

Here is a round-up of the action away from Westminster.
:: Bristol – Nearly 1,000 students marched from the Senate House to the student union building, where hundreds occupied the site. Students from the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England took part, as well as pupils from St Brendan's Sixth Form College and Bristol Grammar School. Roads were blocked and mounted police kept demonstrators under control.
:: Liverpool – Students gathered at the Liverpool Guild of Students this morning to march to the town hall, monitored by heavy police presence. Up to 3,000 people staged a noisy but peaceful protest march through Liverpool city centre.
:: Birmingham – Protesters occupied part of the University of Birmingham's Great Hall, and up to 40 students broke into the Aston Webb building to stage a 36-hour sit-in. The students waved a banner calling for the university's vice chancellor to resign.
:: Sheffield – 2,000 students and secondary school pupils joined protests in the city, marching to Sheffield Town Hall for a mass demonstration. Nearly 300 pupils, mainly sixth formers, walked out of King Edward's School in Sheffield to join the rally, despite being warned that their absence was unauthorised. Reports of plans of a protest at Nick Clegg's constituency office in Sheffield led to extra officers being posted outside the building in Nether Green.
:: Leeds – 1,000 students made their way through the city centre to Victoria Gardens, where a large police presence was put in place. Up to 60 students walked out of Allerton Grange School in the north of the city to join the demonstration.
:: Brighton – Up to 3,000 paraded through the city, with around 15 protesters gaining entry to a university building in Grand Parade. There were also protests at Brighton Town Hall where a small group was asked to leave by security officers. One arrest was made at Priory House for breach of the peace.
:: Cambridge – 1,000 students from universities and sixth-form colleges took part in the protests. A number of students climbed over railings at the university's Senate House, where onlookers described the scene as "crazy". Two students were arrested by Cambridgeshire Police for obstruction, and there were some reports from protesters of police violence. Students from Parkside Community College staged a walkout to show their support.
:: Plymouth – Students occupied a room at the University of Plymouth, demanding a list of concessions from the university's vice chancellor, Professor Wendy Purcell. Two hundred students from King Edward VI Community College in Totnes also planned a walkout in protest over the fees.
:: Derbyshire – Around 300 secondary school students marched on County Hall in Derbyshire, after leaving classes at Highfields School in Matlock on Wednesday morning. There was also a walkout at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Ashbourne.
:: Durham – More than 700 students assembled outside the Town Hall before marching to Durham Cathedral in a peaceful demonstration.
:: Edinburgh – Around 250 students marched from the city's university hub of Bristol Square to set up camp outside the Edinburgh Liberal Democrats' office in Haymarket. The protest was monitored by heavy police presence.
:: Nottingham – Around 60 school pupils from Tooting school, Bingham, gathered to protest outside Nottingham town hall. They were joined by students from the city's two universities in a peaceful demonstration.
:: Manchester – Neary 3,000 students from universities, colleges and schools gathered at University Place in the city. A group of several hundred protesters broke away from the main demonstration marched to the town hall, shouting: "No ifs, no buts, no education cuts".
:: London – Staff and students at the Royal College of Art in Kensington staged a peaceful walkout at lunchtime on Wednesday, while hundreds of students at University College London occupied a room in the central campus of the university.
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