Student Protest in London

Thousands of students marched in protest through central London on Wednesday in demand of free education.

The demonstration, organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC), was endorsed by, the Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn and his supporting left-wing campaign network Momentum.

Just days before the event, Corbyn expressed his support for the student-led protest.

In a post shared on social media, he said: “Everybody should have access to high quality from the cradle to the grave, without being forced into debt and anxiety. No one should be shut out. That’s why I support the demonstration for free education.”

The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts was founded by students, at University College London in 2010, after university tuition fees trebled to £9,000 a year. Since then, the NCAFC has helped to mobilise student against tuition fees, education cuts and wider cuts to public services.

In November 2011, approximately 50,000 people marched the streets of London to demonstrate against the government’s higher education white paper.

Demonstrators marched in their thousands, again, in 2014.

Event organisers had anticipated a similar turnout this time around, but numbers were noticeably short as students gathered at Malet Street ahead of the march to Parliament Square.

Map of the protest route provided by NCAFC.

Students were particularly vocal as the demonstration passed Downing Street.

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According to its website, the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts demand ‘the abolition of tuition fees, full non-means tested living grants for all students an an end to the wave of job cuts that are affecting universities and colleges across the country.’

“We want a democratic education that is accessible to everyone, from cradle to grave.”

Ana Oppenheim, Event Organiser

Event organiser, Ana Oppenheim, echoed the words of the Labour Party leader. Speaking at the demonstration, she said: “We are demonstrating for free education because we believe that education is a right. We want a democratic education that is accessible to everyone, from cradle to grave.”