Students across the UK march for Free Education

Students today gathered outside Westminster in protest against tuition fees. Photo:

Students today gathered outside Westminster in protest against tuition fees. Photo: Anthony Ignatus-Dataro

Thousands of students across the UK march on parliament today in London for the biggest student mobilization since 2010 for Free Education. Anthony Ignatus-Dataro reports from Westminster.

The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, The Student Assembly Against Austerity, and the Young Greens formed a coalition that championed the demonstration. Students were demonstrating for a free, democratic, and fairly funded education system – and the aim of the demonstration marks a step in the fight for it.

Students assembled at 12pm from the former University of London Union HQ at Malet Street – and continued marching round Russell Square, down Kingsway to Strand, and then to Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, and ended at Parliament at around 3.30pm.

Protesters were chanting: “No if’s, no but’s, no education cuts” throughout the demo. The delegations were not just from London but from at least 40 cities all over the country with more than 10,000 students in total protesting under the banner: “No fees, No cuts, No debt”.

Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party who particularly joined the demonstration said:

“I firmly believe in free education – we all benefit from everyone who gets a qualification whether it’s an NVQ or PhD or anything in between.”

Graphic & Media Design student from the University of the Arts London, Ballu Koroma says that the demonstration has been successful and have expressed that the demo is “not just about protesting but it’s about continuing the movement, there has to be an action after this – to build our movement up.”

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