A protester was arrested at Penrhyn Road on Wednesday at 3pm during the march against tuition fee rises.

Day X2: Protester arrested at Kingston’s rally


A protester was arrested at Penrhyn Road on Wednesday at 3pm during the march against tuition fee rises.


The arrested man was charged with a public order offence as he shouted and swore through a megaphone while marching.


Andy Pattison from the Police Press Office frefused to confirm the identity of the man, but said he was 21 years old, and has been released and issued with a penalty notice for disorder. A fine of £50 or £80 is normally issued in these cases, and if the offender refuses the ticket, the case will proceed to the courts. The police did not wish to comment further on the proceedings.


The speeches that preceded the march were aggressive and at times verbally abusive. Thomas Rivers from the Education Activist Network encouraged the crowd to “Unite and fight” as he said: “Education is for everyone”.  However Mr Rivers has confirmed that he was not the person arrested.


Among the other speakers was lecturer in Politics and Human Rights Andy Higginbottom, who said; “Education is a right, you have absolutely every legitimate right to protest, keep on fighting.”


John Peart from the NUS said “If you are not studying a science or technology subject, the government thinks your degree is worthless”.


The speeches inflamed the anger  of  hundreds of protesters who shouted “bullshit, bullshit” and “Nick Clegg, shame on you, shame on you for turning blue”.


Before the marchers set off, Thomas Rivers expressed excitement: “Those who didn’t turn up have missed a great day. This is going to be the biggest protest against the rise in tuition fees, even bigger than the last one.”

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