Second protest in response to fees
UAL students were among 5000 who took part in a protest against rises in tuition fees in Central London on Wednesday, which became heated by mid afternoon.
Other protests and walkouts by students took place across the country in response to the government’s plans for cuts in education and a tripling of tuition fees.
The march in central London started largely peacefully yet some violence flared by late lunchtime.
Some protestors smashed windows on a police van parked near the demonstration. Others smashed bus stops and pulled down railings along the route.
Scuffles also took place after police blocked off Parliament Square, which ended in at least one arrest.
This all happened despite far smaller numbers of students taking part than in the previous march two weeks ago, with roughly 5,000 protesters estimated to have been there in comparison to 50,000 before.
The November 10 protest ended in violence as some angry students took matters into their own hands and confronted police.
The police presence at this week’s march was also far higher than at the Demo-lition protest, when the Metropolitan Police were criticised for their initial small numbers.
Speaking to Arts London News before the march Louis Hartnoll, UAL Student Union President commented: “The idea is to put pressure on the Lib Dem guys who stated that cuts would not be made to education.
“We hope as many schools and colleges as possible will participate and we’d like to see any of those in London down at the march today.”
Hartnoll added that this march was on “a lot smaller scale than the last one” and “the aim is to show the Lib Dems that we are unhappy”.
Deborah Olakigee, an Art and Design Foundation student at Camberwell, commented: "It's really good to see there are so many further education students because it is obviously going to have a big impact on them."
Additional Reporting, Lucy Garner.