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Student Protests Turn Violent As Tory Headquarters Evacuated

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/8123194/Student-protests-turn-violent-as-Tory-headquarters-evacuated.html

Student protests turn violent as Tory headquarters evacuated

A student protest against rising tuition fees has turned violent with demonstrators forcing their way into a building and smashing windows as they approached Parliamen

A group barged into the lobby of Millbank Tower, near the headquarters of the Tory party, before being forced out by police and security officers. They then began setting fire to placards outside the entrance.

Windows in the office block were smashed and a number of smoke bombs thrown. Dozens of police surrounding the entrance were pelted with water bottles and jostled by the passing protestors.

Up to 50,000 people, many waving placards, are marching though the streets of London in the biggest show of opposition to the Coalition Government.

Students from towns and cities across the UK have travelled to London in coaches, to join lecturers, pensioners and medical trainees in voicing their opposition to the rise.

Aaron Porter, president of the National Union of Students (NUS), warned the Liberal Democrats they would lose the support of a generation of young people if they continued to back the tuition fee hike.

''MPs must now think twice before going ahead with this outrageous policy,'' he said.

Under the Government's proposals, which represent the most radical shake-up of student funding for decades, the fee cap will be raised to £6,000, with universities able to charge up to £9,000 – triple the current cap – in ''exceptional circumstances''.

David Cameron today risked exacerbating the tensions around the debate when he told an audience of Chinese students that the rise in fees for British undergraduates would help "control" growth in costs for foreigners attending British universities.

Today's national demonstration was organised by the NUS and University and College Union.

Sally Hunt, general secretary of the UCU, will tell the rally: "I am here today to send a message to the politicians at Westminster.

"It isn't fair to make our public universities the most expensive in the world. It isn't progressive to discourage young people from going to college. And it isn't just to ask the next generation to pay for others' mistakes.

"Over the next four years while college grants are cut and tuition fees triple, big business will get £8bn in tax giveaways from the Government.

"Some in our Government seem to think they can spin their way out of their election commitments. So far they've called the increase in the cost of university everything but what it is. They've called it a fee, a tax, a loan and now a contribution.

"But the simple truth is it's not any of those things. It's a debt. A civilised society recognises the importance of education. It's time for politicians to recognise that education is an investment in all our futures, not a millstone around our necks."

Wrong place, they should be at the homes of the bankers.

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Now we have an entente cordiale with the French are their riot police going to arrive and give the students a good tear gassing and baton charge?

PS one of my claim to fames is having been tear gassed, not a very pleasant experience.

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Just bent over and took it when Labour introduced the idea - now the Tories are in power they are suddenly OUTRAGED !

Orchestration by manipulative left wing factions... expect to see similar soon from teachers, nurses, fire men, bin men etc etc. Repeat until Labour are back in power (shudder)

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Theyd have been better off going to the Libs headquarters ... they seem to get flustered easier then the Tories.

Whilst i saw one or 2 words of wisdom come from this coalition at the start its clearly just a continuation of the last government, im hoping mass protests over the coming year will lead to its break up. Anarchy has got to be better then the current status quo!

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Dozens of police surrounding the entrance were pelted with water bottles

My goodness. What next? Empty Starbucks cups?

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Just bent over and took it when Labour introduced the idea - now the Tories are in power they are suddenly OUTRAGED !

Nothing gives me more of a chuckle these days than hearing outrage from Labour MPs about tuition fee rises.

Pop quiz... which political party made a manifesto commitment to NOT introduce tuition fees and then subsequently introduced them in the following parliament?

Was is:

a. Labour

b. Labour

c. Labour

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Loads of amusing tweets:

guidofawkes A red flag is now flying above CCHQ. Shame on the @ToryPressHQ. Where is their Big Society spirit? Be your own riot police. #demo2010 11 minutes ago
faisalislam Students shut down MI5 building?? What? Lucas North would not stand for this 3 minutes ago
iaindale Kay Burley is getting virtually every fact wrong on Sky. They are NOT on top of Millbank Tower. They are on the top of 30 Millbank. Sigh. 2 minutes ago
faisalislam CNN International now covering student riot live ... Turn you telly on in Seoul Mr Cameron 13 minutes ago
guidofawkes There'll be no-one at CCHQ anyway, as they're all on 'short-term contracts' in Government departments. retweeted by guidofawkes 19 minutes ago
paul__lewis All ground windows to Millbank HQ have now been smashed at #demo2010 - this now looks like a riot. retweeted by faisalislam 24 minutes ago

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Nothing gives me more of a chuckle these days than hearing outrage from Labour MPs about tuition fee rises.

Pop quiz... which political party made a manifesto commitment to NOT introduce tuition fees and then subsequently introduced them in the following parliament?

Was is:

a. Labour

b. Labour

c. Labour

Er, don't tell me.... Thatcher? :angry:

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If I understand correctly it is not just students there, they were inviting everyone last time I looked.

They were pretty much asking for something to kick off.

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For once I want the police to crack some skulls.

Actually i take that back - but why aren't they protesting outside labour hq and the banks?

Are they dumb?

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And here's the latest generation that wants its own piece of the inflation / deficits game. Their children can pay off the debt goddammit!

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get rid of all the joke universities and joke places. Get the ones doing wanted and needed degrees subsidised - everyone else pays. Restrict degree doing to proper subjects, not a bunch of nobs doing meeja and tabletennis, joint honours. Then get the rest of them into the workplace at 18 with part-time study which they only get subsidised at all if they don't just sit in their rooms all the time, wkaning and being pretentious.

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I was just suggested on the BBC that the protest has been hijacked by Socialist Workers Party activists to further their own agenda.

That would not suprise me, probably black block anarchist aswell.

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For once I want the police to crack some skulls.

Actually i take that back - but why aren't they protesting outside labour hq and the banks?

Are they dumb?

Yes... and easily manipulated...at that age all their influence comes from the left.

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Shouldn't they be at lectures today anyway?

Not in the afternoon, on wednesdays. Its the Universities sports afternoon.

I guess rioting is a sport of sorts for some. It has excercise, tactics, artistic flashes even. Maybe it will be centre point for the London Olympics.

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A light just went on in millions of minds.

This is going to be ...well fun isn't the word realyl but interesting, certainly.

The joys of tinned food and being a natural bear are going to rock up very shortly, I would imagine.

And yes, this is the left about to kick off against the coalition and it will almost certainly bring it down.

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never! students can't afford starbucks...i shouldnt really joke, lol

If they lose their child maintenance then the won't be able to buy the Starbucks.

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