Thursday, November 11, 2010
London protests turn violent

Thousands of demonstrators swarmed London streets yesterday to protest a sharp tuition hike at British universities. The protests were mostly peaceful, but there was a pocket of violence as some students stormed the headquarters of the ruling Conservative party.

 

iReporter Mattia Reiniger was on the scene when things turned violent. She's a filmmaker who was interviewing protesters for a documentary she's shooting about graduates in the arts.

 

 

Reiniger says "police were scarcely present" as protesters took over the Conservative party's building. In this video, they can be seen swarming out of a side entrance after smashing windows, spray painting walls and throwing items off the roof.

 

Reiniger also captured amazing video of the protesters breaking windows and lighting fires outside the Conservative headquarters. At least 51 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.

 

The British government plans to allow universities to charge up to 9,000 pounds (about $14,500) per year in tuition fees, a substantial rise from the current cap of 3,000 pounds (about $4,800). Though she was not participating in the protests - just filming them - Reiniger says she understands the students' plight.

 

"The tuition fee increase will make it even harder for graduates to deal with the financial burden of higher education and discriminates against minority groups from less wealthy backgrounds," she said.

 

Are you from the UK? Let us know what you think about the tuition hike. And if you're viewing or participating in the protests, send us your photos and video, but only if you can capture them safely.

4 Comments
November 11, 2010
Click to view ilovelife101's profile

I believe that the since police were present, none of the violence should of happened.

 

- Kayla

November 12, 2010
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i live in the UK and i think its disgusting the amount they have put up University prices too. If you are lower class you can get it all paid for from grants and if you are higher class you have no problem paying for that amount  but if your middle or middle high your basicly screwed.

November 14, 2010
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What a shame putting a high price on education.  Here in the US it is similar.  The rich can pay the high prices, the poor or low income go free and the middle class, well, screwed again!  We pay all of the taxes but get no benefits.

November 16, 2010
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we pay all the taxes because we are stupid.

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