Earlier this week Cameron announced that tripling tuition fees will be part of his plan to get the economy back on track, meaning prospective students will have to foot some of the bill. The sparked outrage amongst current and prospective students who organized a protest through the streets of Westminster, on a route that took in the Millbank building, the Conservative government headquarters.
Late yesterday afternoon, news broke out of riots on the streets, with the Millbank building a key target. Students managed to shatter the ground floor window of the building, sending glass shards cascading down onto the street. The students got into the inner sanctums of Tory HQ, one even making it into the main office, some got to the roof where they dropped objects on the police below.
Police with shields attempted to contain the crowds, but with just two hundred officers send to a protest made of up around thirty thousand people, they were powerless to make an impact, and focused on protecting staff in the Millbank building. Of course the rowdy mob are to blame for these unacceptable scenes of violence and destruction, doing nothing to help their cause, but the Met police should have planned better for the event.
It was in fact a small number of students causing the trouble, tarnishing the protest as a whole. While the students certainly got publicity, rather than winning public sympathy for their supposed peril, they earned detractors who condemned the way the protest went. If students want to go to uni now they will need to take out large loans, or személyi kölcsönas a Hungarian student would say, to pay for it.
Protesting students may be getting more than they originally bargained for however, images of the riot were caught on CCTV and those who caused damage or harm to others will be found and prosecuted, possibly compromising their future studies. Students have really given themselves a bad name.