Rubber Bullets Ready for Student Protest

Posted: November 7, 2011 in Education, Police, Protest March, UK

Met police have announced that they will have baton rounds, which are like rubber bullets, at their disposal should Wednesday’s student protest get out of hand.

This action follows a year full of protests on issues relating to reforms in education, health and the public sector as well as the riots during the summer and the wave of Wall Street inspired occupations. 

Scotland Yard will have 4,000 officers available to police the protest, which they believe will see 10,000 students to march from Euston Road to London Wall once again demonstrating against the rise in tuition fees. 

 The protest is almost exactly a year after the first protest on the subject which led to violent clashes with police and the break in of a Conservative Party building on Millbank.  

Officers have confirmed that they are seeing good co-operation from the organisers of this week’s event and say that the baton rounds would only be used as a last resort.  

However use of such measures along with water cannons and CS gas will be met with great resistance from human rights groups and support from anyone who has seen the effects they have had in Oakland, CA. Wednesday’s demonstration, which will mark the first major action in the second wave of what has been dubbed by many the student revolt, comes as more than two-dozen universities have submitted plans to lower their tuition fees to below £7,500 for next year rather than the controversial top amount of £9,000. 

 A White Paper published this summer was used by ministers to announce that English universities who charged £7,500 or lower would be able to bid for a share of 20,000 funded student places. 

 The deadline for university places is less than three months away.

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