Mittwoch, 8. Dezember 2010

UK: Bank occupations and school sleep-ins ahead of Commons' fee vote

8/12/2010 - Pupils at some London schools say they will sleep in school to protest against plans to triple tuition fees in England and cut university funding. At the same time, there have been several demonstrations across England and Scotland in the build-up to Thursday's Commons' vote on the controversial plans. Occupations have been continuing at about 20 universities, including Exeter and Leeds - where protestors have squatted now also a branch of Santander Bank on the campus (see Youtube video below).

In Dundee, a group of protesters broke away from the demonstration and entered the nearby Royal Bank of Scotland branch in High Street to continue their action. They blocked customers coming in and out of the bank and waved anti-capitalism banners. In London, a flash "teach-in" demonstration was held by protestors at Euston Station. Earlier, a group dressed as suffragettes demonstrated outside the constituency offices of Lib Dem minister Lynne Featherstone in north London, while the Education minister Sarah Teather, when asked by Sky News about her vote, lost stante pede all her oratorial soft skills and preferred to run away... (Video here).

Pupils stage university tuition fee rise occupations (BBC, today's roundup)

Students Stage Protests Ahead Of Fees Vote (Sky News, roundup)

Student protests – live coverage (The Guardian)

Students storm Royal Bank of Scotland in protest over fees (

Clegg cast as panto villain as Durham students make their voices heard (The Northern Echo)

VIDEO: Falmouth students march through the streets (Falmouth People)

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