Tens of thousands of staff and students have taken to the streets in London to oppose government cuts to higher education.
Protesters headed to Millbank Tower, the headquarters of the Conservative Party, smashing windows, trashing the reception and hurling missiles from the roof, as tempers flared.
Students are furious with the Conservatives’ coalition partner in government, the Liberal Democrats, as during the recent election they had pledged to abolish tuition fees.
The president of the National Union of Students, Aaron Porter, said: “We are seeing unprecedented levels of action of students and staff standing up to the fact that we have been singled out for the biggest cuts to our universities and colleges in 50 years. But also we are seeing a simultaneous trebling of tuition fees.”
Organisers said they would seek to use recall powers to oust MPs who have broken campaign promises.
Unions have warned that the controversial plans will mean the end of affordable university education in England.