Thousands of protesters marched through central London on Wednesday in protest at the government’s decision to treble university tuition fees.
The demonstrators oppose what they say is the “privatisation” of higher education by alllowing universities to charge students £9,000 a year (€10,500).
London’s Metropolitan Police deployed 4,000 officers to keep order, whilst an estimated 2,000 people took part in the march.
At least 20 arrests were made when some of the protesters tried to erect tents in Trafalgar Square.
The hike takes effect in England and Wales next year, although students will pay nothing up front.
It forms part of the goverment’s austerity drive to cut a budget deficit that peaked at 11 percent of GDP.