British police have made at least 20 arrests at a demonstration in London by students protesting against the trebling of university fees.
Police say the arrests were made mostly when a group of anti-capitalist marchers attached to the demonstration broke off and tried to set up a tented village in Trafalgar Square.
“They are in contravention of Section 12 of the Public Order Act and they are now being arrested for that. They have been warned, they are being warned. They have every opportunity to leave if they wish to do so,” said one of the police officers involved.
In all 4000 police officers were on duty, but they outnumbered the marchers two to one.
“It’s about our academics getting fired, it’s about our education getting less. We’re not going to have the resources that we need so we’re paying more for less and it’s just not acceptable,” said one marching student.
“It’s basically that we need to protect our education and what the government is doing is just a scandal,” agreed another.