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UK student protest disrupted by hardliners

21 November 2012

Britain’s National Union of Students has held a protest march in London over university tuition fees, which was attended by thousands of students from all over the UK. The march came two years after a similar protest descended into violence and disorder two years ago. English university fees have risen dramatically since last September when the new rules came into force. National Union of Students’ President Liam Burns said: “I think that the point of today is how do we have a general election in 2015 that has a fundamentally different approach to society’s problems? A government which invests public money in education, which gets rid of tuition fees, reinstates the Education and Maintenance Allowance. These are the things we need politicians to talk about.” The march culminated in a rally which was disrupted by a hardline student group demanding more radical action against student fees and youth unemployment.