Tens of thousands of school and university students will walk out of class again today another national day of action against cuts and tuition fees.
Protests have seen demonstrations across the country with occupations at universities, council buildings and political party offices across the UK. More action is predicted to happen as a result of today's day of action.
Reports of police violence and attempted 'kettling' are not expected to put off protesters. Students will likely be joined by others also affected by the austerity measures such as members of the RMT, who are thought to be having a block on the student demonstration on Parliament.
We will update this page regularly as the day develops. Please post local reports in the comments below.
- The day of action on the 9th has had a long run up, with several universities such as Leeds and UCL going into their second or third week of occupation, and new occupations starting at several universities including Goldsmiths. This was also the first time that schools began occupations, with a 24 hour sit-in/teach-in at Camden School for Girls, and another one at Acland Burghley in Camden - mixed reports about what actually happened since the school was apparently closed for the afternoon, but occupiers went in anyway. We have an unconfirmed report of a sit-in at Stoke Newington school, Londonist reported that Islington Sixth Form college was closed all day Wednesday after management heard about student plans for an occupation in advance.
- 12:20pm Several thousand congregating around ULU and Trafalgar Square. Over 1,000 police on duty. 'Rolling kettle forming at ULU, 70 TSG in front' According to @ucloccupation
- 12:30pm Debate starts in parliament, early day motions all ignored by the speaker, so the vote is on in about 5 hours. Hopefully the almost inevitable yes vote may be just the start of the anti cuts movement.
- 12:35pm @directreaction: Police try to stop LSE and Kings students marching over Waterloo bridge. Many break through. Situation already very tense.
- 12:40pm Police have blocked the march at Malet Street according to @ucloccupation
- 12:49pm UCL Occupation has started a live map of the protests with particular attention to police deployments.
- 12:52pm Several people on twitter describe being 'kettled by socialists giving speeches', sounds about right for the Labour left and SWP, let them go!
- 13:13pm @PennyRed "Omg the kids just charged through the line. I can see police beating kids."
- 13:15pm First sighting in the UK of Italian-style literary riot shields http://lsjsn.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/polestyrene-books-13-00.jpg
- 13:25pm @ncloccupation 20 protesters stormed meeting with Newcastle Vice Chancellor.
- 13:26pm - Parliament Square sealed off.
- 13:34pm - Guardian reports that "three protesters have just been ejected from the public gallery in the Commons because they were chanting slogans."
- 13:45pm - LSJSN blog post this youtube video from Trafalgar Square:
- 13:50pm London protest reaches Parliament square.
- 14:23pm Protesters kettled in parliament square, which had previously been declared off limits. Six horses arrived in one corner, fences are being pushed against, six lines deep of riot police behind.[/b]
- 14:35 BBC helicopter shows three metal barriers being carried over the heads of protesters towards police lines.
- 14:45pm People blocking traffic on Vauxhall bridge.
- 14:54 Line of students has formed a human shield to prevent mounted police entering parliament square.
- 14:59 Newcastle Occupation has published photos from the protest there - lots of people, lots of mounted police.
- 15:03 Photo of fences being torn down at parliament square within the past hour.
- 15:33 Police hitting protesters with batons, someone in a wheelchair dragged behind police lines, @PennryRed reports that one of the Guardian's journalists was "beaten bloody" with a baton. Lots of paint thrown at the police. Around Holborn several students with large books trying to push back police lines.
- 15:38pm Horse charge outside Westminster Abbey - caught on BBC News 24.
- 16:30pm Wheelchair user dragged from wheelchair (and then to the ground according to the Guardian) by the police - http://twitpic.com/3ed5tq
- 16:56pm Very large bonfire lit in Parliament square.
- 17:42pm Vote passed, 21 majority.
- 18:09pm What looks like a baton charge by 30-odd police in parliament square visible on the BBC helicopter footage, no mention of it at all in the commentary.