Major protest to mark fees vote day

Major protest to mark fees vote day

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A protester smashes a burning bus shelter during a demonstration against an increase in tuition fees on November 24

A massive protest against planned rises in tuition fees will be held on the day MPs decide whether to agree to the controversial increases, with workers and pensioners set to join students for the demo.

Organisers have dubbed the protest Day X and predicted widespread action in universities, colleges and schools as well as a huge demonstration in London.

MPs are expected to vote before Christmas over the Government’s proposals to increase the cap on tuition fees from £3,375 to as much as £9,000 a year.

Fresh protests were held on Tuesday for the third time in recent weeks, including a rally in London’s Trafalgar Square and a march to Parliament, past Downing Street.

Mark Bergfeld of the Education Activist Network said universities could be shut down for the day when Parliament votes on tuition fees.

“Buildings in more than 15 universities are currently being occupied by students and the momentum continues to build against this unjust increase in tuition fees and scrapping of Education Maintenance Allowances,” he said before the start of Tuesday’s rally.

“Students are in the vanguard of the fight against this Government but we have unions and other groups including pensioners on our side as well.

“We are building for Day X when we will call on workers as well as students and others to join our fight.”

A total of 41 people were arrested last Wednesday after a group of protesters smashed a police van in Whitehall, leading officers to surround demonstrators in a so-called “kettling” operation.

Violence also flared on November 10 after a march by 50,000 students when some protesters smashed windows at the London headquarters of the Conservative Party.

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