Millbank Occupied as 50,000 Protest Education CutsTagged as: cuts demo2010 nus student ucu workers_struggles
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A massive protest of 50,000 students marched against education cuts in a national DEMOLITION demonstration called by UCU and NUS. Report and pics [1 | 2 | 3] Videos [1 | 2] The Tory HQ building at 30 Millbank was occupied and protesters took the roof saying:
"We oppose all cuts and we stand in solidarity with public sector workers, and all poor, disabled, elderly and working people. [...] This is only the beginning of the resistance to the destruction of our education system and public services." read in full
Later Parliament Square was occupied (again) by the Open University. The campaign against fees and cuts is calling for people to sign a statement of solidarity with the arrested students and an anti-repression blog has been set up [more] A statement congratulating the anti-cuts demonstrators has also been signed by hundreds of academics and university workers and a petition to stand with protesters against victimisation can be signed online.
Latest News: A National Walkout Against Fees and Cuts has been called for Wednesday 24th November.
Earlier: 13.00: Reports currently say there are between 20-30,000 protesting. Crowd barriers in Whitehall have been pulled down and an apparent smoke cannister let off near parliament, with one arrest reported.
"We oppose all cuts and we stand in solidarity with public sector workers, and all poor, disabled, elderly and working people. We are occupying the roof in opposition to the marketisation of education pushed through by the coalition government, and the system they are pushing through of helping the rich and attacking the poor. We call for direct action to oppose these cuts. This is only the beginning of the resistance to the destruction of our education system and public services."
By 5pm after clashes with riot police around 800 protestors remain with many leaving after an announcent. Later reports of police moving in to make arrests.