LONDON — Thousands of students rallied through London today (Wednesday, Nov. 09) against slash in university funding and a big increase in university tuition fees; facing off against police armed with rubber bullets amid fears of a repeat of aggressive protests last year.
At Trafalgar Square, a group of students, part of the protest, set up more than 20 tents close to Nelson's Column in the latest spin-off of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protest camp movement. The tents were quickly removed by police but sticks and bottles were thrown at police in the financial district, media reports highlighted.
|Thousands Protested in London against Cut in University Funding and Hike in Tuition Fees|
Around 10,000 protesters, as the organizers claimed, were chanting "No ifs, no buts, no education cuts," while the police said only 2,000 protesters were taking part in the rally. Police also made number of arrests for public order offences.
Scotland Yard said it had deployed 4,000 officers for the protest to prevent any repeat of the violent scenes last year during similar marches against cuts to higher education funding and a hike in tuition fees.
Watch video below and judge who gave the correct number of protesters, police or organizers.