DayX3: Betrayal and AngerTagged as: #solidarity cuts dayx3 demo2010 fees ncafc nus social_struggles solidarity students ucu union workers_struggles
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DayX3 ShutDownLondon: On the day that Parliament voted (narrowly) in favour of raising tuition fees, tens of thousands took to the streets in a display of anger. After gathering at 12 noon outside ULU in Malet Street [Video]. After a loud and powerful march police tried to stop the demo at Parliment Square, but protestors managed to break the police lines and occupied the square [Video] tearing down metal fences and using them offensively - others had split off and approached from different directions. A militant frontline confronted police who repeatedly hit back with batons, even beating people on the ground [audioboo]. Meanwhile in other parts of the square people danced, sang, chanted and shouted at the politicians in Parliament. More...
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After attempts to break out of parliament square, police charged with horses into the crowd several times, whilst some of the crowd fought back. Clashes intensified to a level not seen for many years in London - injuries were widespread.
At 6pm parliament voted in favour of the tuition fee raise, sparking more anger amongst the protestors. A large crowd beseiged and attacked the Treasury, smashing windows, breaking down doors and climbing into the building. About 1000 people split off and demonstrated along Oxford Street, whislt Topshop had windows smashed. A convoy of cars containing Prince Charles drove into the demonstration and was attacked. Later the Supreme Court on Parliament Square also had windows smashed.