Students Riot in London Over Tuition Fee Rises

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Valeriano Orobó...
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Nov 10 2010 18:49
Students Riot in London Over Tuition Fee Rises

Haven`t seen anything posted about it:

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LONDON (Nov. 10) -- A huge protest against the British government's plan to triple university tuition fees descended into violence today after hundreds of angry demonstrators smashed their way into the London headquarters of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party.

An estimated 50,000 students, lecturers and supporters took in part in today's demonstration against the ruling coalition's policy of slashing state funding for universities and charging students up to $14,500 a year for their education. That might seem like a relatively small bill when compared with the cost of an American college degree, but it's a massive and unexpected hike for ordinary Brits who currently pay just $5,300 in annual fees.

While the vast majority of demonstrators marched peacefully through the capital, just an hour into the protest a 200-strong group of young people attacked Millbank Tower, the central London building that houses the Tory party's main office as well as some 30 non-government businesses. Several police officers stationed outside the premises were injured as the mob surged forward and pelted them with bottles and placards. The crowd then smashed windows to enter the building, and once inside set off flares, burned placards and spray-painted anarchist symbols on the walls.

Some demonstrators used chairs seized from the lobby to smash more glass frontage, opening up the whole of the first floor to the crowd. Riot police eventually managed to seal off the building and separate the protesters inside from the 1,000-strong crowd outside, who threw sticks and other projectiles at the officers. In the street, placards were piled up for a bonfire and set alight.

A spokesperson for the Conservative Party told the Press Association that the protesters failed to gain access to their office. However, at least 50 protesters managed to climb on to the roof of a neighboring building, where they waved flags and hurled beer cans at the police below.

Riot police are now attempting to remove the last remaining protesters from the buildings. The London Metropolitan Police Service announced that 10 people have been taken to hospital with light injuries, including three officers, and several arrests have been made.

The British National Union of Students (NUS), which organized the fees protest, has loudly condemned the actions of the violent protesters. "Disgusted that the actions of a minority of idiots are trying to undermine 50,000 who came to make a peaceful protest," NUS President Aaron Porter said in a tweet. Reporters on the BBC speculated that some of the people who barged their way into Millbank Tower might not be students, but members of the ultra-left wing Socialist Workers Party who are intent on using the protest for their own anti-government agenda.

http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/students-riot-in-london-over-tuition-fee-rises/19710751

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Nov 10 2010 18:56

It's being discussed here:
http://libcom.org/forums/autonomous-student-network/anti-education-cuts-demo-26102010

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Nov 10 2010 20:53

Unfortunately, had to be at home so could not participate in the demonstration today. I think what happened today, both the scale and the willingness to stand up to the forces of order, could be very important, above all because of the international context of what is still happening in France, where the question of independent organisation and the question of extension are already being directly posed, if not yet on a massive scale. .
I have heard that there is an attempt to organise a second day of action in a couple of weeks - the 24th I think. A work colleague showed me a leaflet from something called 'the student activist network' (which may be linked to the NUS, not sure) calling for strikes and demos in the education sector on that day. We are organising a discussion forum at our college next Tuesday, open to staff and students. I will get back on this.

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Nov 10 2010 20:44

I think it was actually called:

http://educationactivistnetwork.wordpress.com/

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Nov 11 2010 00:25

iirc education activist network is SWP ('UCU left', 'NUS left' and so on)

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Nov 11 2010 01:31

Humm

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LONDON-WIDE MEETING “WHERE NEXT AFTER THE NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION?”
The Education Activist Network is building for walk outs and mass protests on November 24.
We will have a London-wide coordination meeting on November 15. Speakers include Aaron Porter NUS President, Alison Lord Tower Hamlets striker and other activists.
If you have a co-ordination meeting at your college please e-mail us so we can list it in the diary of resistance.

And yet: http://educationactivistnetwork.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/students-and-workers-march-on-tory-hq/

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The media has tried to characterise this as “violence” and “anarchy”. We think it is better to celebrate the fact that so many students are prepared to confront the government head on. Education Activist Network supporters are invited to sign the statement in defence of the protestors at http://on.fb.me/drCMcJ or by emailing teneleventen@gmail.com

Many students on their coaches back from the demonstration are now organising meetings to plan for occupations, walkouts and other actions.

Also facebook support group for arrestees (although it looks more general than that) started up:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_131282803591801

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Nov 11 2010 08:58

http://anticuts.com/2010/11/11/stand-with-the-millbank-protesters-against-victimisation/ & http://www.workersliberty.org/story/2010/11/10/student-protest-should-boost-workers-confidence-too

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Nov 11 2010 21:15

Greece, Spain, Portugal, France, and now the UK...
WHO’S THE NEXT?

Like workers, unemployed, students, pensioners… in Greece, Spain, Portugal, France, but also more generally in China, Bangladesh, South Africa, Algeria, Peru and many other regions in the world, proletarians also take to the street in the UK.

Against austerity measures, thousands of young (and lesser young) proletarians ransacked this November 10th the Tories’ Headquarter in London and confronted the law and order forces.

We are the “infection in action”… the one that all governments of all countries and from all political tendencies are afraid of! Our specific demands are nothing but the expression of ONE AND THE SAME MOVEMENT:

• AGAINST SACRIFICES that Capital’s managers try everywhere to impose on us;
• AGAINST SURVIVAL CONDITIONS (housing, health…) everywhere always more deteriorated;
• AGAINST OUR WAGE SLAVERY everywhere more increased (rise in work pace, in working time, work always more destructive for human life…).

Obviously the exploiters and their union lackeys will try to neutralize our demands on the field of reform: negotiation, “social dialogue”, or even a change of government (Labour vs. Tories)… to better satisfy Capital’s needs!

To satisfy OUR HUMAN NEEDS there is no low-key solution possible:

Economy is in crisis? Let’s finish it off!
LET’S BREAK UNION AND SOCIAL PEACE!

Let’s spread and deepen our movement!
LET’S SELF-ORGANIZE OURSELVES AT ALL LEVELS!

Like in France, let’s break isolation between sectors and categories!
Let’s block factories, offices, schools, etc.
Let’s organize strike pickets and flying pickets!
AGAINST EXPLOITATION, LET’S BLOCK THE ECONOMY!

LET’S PREVENT THE RETURN TO NORMALITY BY ALL MEANS!

WHE ARE ONE CLASS, ONE MOVEMENT!
LET’S BE ALL!

Internationalist Proletarians
proletairesinternationalistes@yahoo.fr
http://proletairesinternationalistes.wordpress.com/

Valeriano Orobó...
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Nov 12 2010 00:11

Good pamphlet, situationist flavour cool Sure It'd be of some use

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Dec 11 2010 17:27

I just found this online.

I predict a riot remix, [from the voice of the students to government]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZDCfNvzwmQ

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Dec 11 2010 22:13
maya4606 wrote:
I just found this online.

I predict a riot remix, [from the voice of the students to government]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZDCfNvzwmQ

That's not a bad track, actually...

I've noticed some of this politically-motivated music just starting to appear online.

We're not talking some superficial anger here, I think it's something deeper. If it actually takes root in youth culture, then I think the government could have a real problem on its hands.

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Dec 11 2010 23:42
Auto wrote:
I've noticed some of this politically-motivated music just starting to appear online.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59-cwW5aOQY&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FYr-QKQPlI&feature=related