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"Betrayed" Students March on London over Fees

Post  Panda on Wed 9 Nov - 3:55

'Betrayed' Students March On London Over Fees




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Students protest against rising fees and cutbacks at a
rally in April


3:20am UK, Wednesday November 09, 2011

Michelle Clifford, senior news correspondent


Students will take to the streets of London again later - almost a year
after a mass protest over university tuition fees erupted into violence.



Organisers predict as many as 10,000 people will take part in the protest
with students claiming the Government has betrayed them.

Four thousand police officers will be deployed and baton rounds have been
authorised for use amid fears that the event could be hijacked by
troublemakers.

Luke Denne, 22, who got caught up in the chaos last November, said it is
crucial things pass off peacefully so the important messages can get across.


Police say they are prepared for violence



"It's all about public relations," he said. "Watching people smashing things
up on TV is simply going to make people think students are trouble makers.

"It's easy to dismiss them. We need the public on our side."

He said the biggest issue is still the hike in tuition fees and the
statistics show that university applications from poorer students have fallen
disproportionately.

"Students don't expect higher education to be free but £9,000 a year is going
to put people off. So students do need to march again. They should keep
demonstrating."

One of the youngest turning out will be Callum Hurley who is challenging the
Government in the courts.

He was 16 when he joined his first march last December, angry that he could
become one of the first students to be stung by £9,000 fees in 2012.

He thinks it is important to show solidarity in numbers but doubts ministers
take any notice. And that is why he is pursuing legal action, arguing his human
rights are being breached.


Marchers are also planning to show their anger to City
bankers



"Thousands of people can show anger but the government doesn't have to
listen," he said.

"The course of action I am taking, if the judge says the rise in tuition fees
is unlawful, they will have to listen."

But this march is about more than fees, grants and education and the route
reflects that. It will take students to the City - the part of London synonymous
with wealth, with banking.

The move is designed to reflect the growing discord in Britain after a year
of riots and economic turmoil.

Joana Ramiro - one of the coordinators of the 2010 demonstrations - said:
"This time we are looking more to the future. There is a broader
politicisation.

"People have seen public sector cuts, whole departments closed down, attacks
on their parents' pensions, even their own pensions if they have now started
working. Attacks on the NHS budget. The consciousness is much broader than last
year."

Many of those taking part have been stirred by the protesters outside St
Paul's Cathedral.

And, whilst the marchers will be kept away from the cathedral, activists from
the camp are expected to join in.

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Re: "Betrayed" Students March on London over Fees

Post  Panda on Wed 9 Nov - 4:11

I am fed up with all these whingers thinking they are so hard done by and proving they have no regard for Law and Order or other Peoples Property.

First of all, they don"t have to repay the Fees until they leave Uni and have a job in excees of a certain Salary. Secondly, it is on record that only 50%
of Students stay the Course , the other 50% drop out half way through. Thirdly, spare a thought for the thousands of Youngsters out of work and be
thankful you are receiving Education which should gauarantee you a good Salary. Fourthly, will these Students march 300 miles and behave impeccably
like the Jarrow Marchers did. Just goes to show that passing a few exams does not make gentlemen of Students.


British youth is becoming quite anarchic and it is worrying where all this will lead.

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Re: "Betrayed" Students March on London over Fees

Post  kitti on Wed 9 Nov - 10:18

Lazy sods.....I had them living above me for over 3 years and it was a bloody nightmare.



Getting up at 3pm.......drinking....hanging out the window at 3am in the morning, slamming doors ....shouting and throwing empty bottles outside my window, 30 or 40 off them at weekends......do I like them...... .guess .



Go get a bloody job to subsidise your forty grand loan you owe which is mainly going on your own self Indulgence.


And panda is right....when they get a job which they earn over 20,000 per year THEN they have to pay back the loan which is prob a pittance to them if they earn that much a year.

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