#FreeEdNOW: Demo live blog

#FreeEdNOW demonstration live blog. London, 15 November 2017.
Blogged by @alasdair_clark

The 2017 national demonstration live blog; follow for the hottest news and pictures, straight from the streets throughout the day. To submit pictures or content from the demonstration, post on #FreeEdNOW tagging @NCAFC_UK

16:05:

Now approaching Whitehall

15:16:

Our banner leading the march!

14:03:

#FreeEdNOW is opened by NUS Trans Officer, Jess Bradley

“We fight for students who don’t have the time to write essays because they work 3 jobs while rich fucks don’t even pay their tax.”

13:47: 

No comment needed.

13:44: 

Students heard chanting, “education such a mess, where the fuck is NUS”

13:30: 

We’re enjoying the fantastic sound of your music and chanting, keep it up!

13:20:

Sarah Gillborn, a PhD student at Leeds Beckett and one of the organisers behind their protest on campus told NCAFC about the local issues they are protesting against as part of the fight for free education:

“At Leeds Beckett, the library used to be open to the community and free for everyone to use, but recently management made the decision that only students and staff would be allowed to use it.

“Universities should be a part of the community they exist in, and those who aren’t able to enrol as a student should still be able to benefit from resources like the library.

“It shouldn’t be shut off to those who can’t afford to study and take on huge levels of debt.”

13:05:

NCAFC are proud to include DemoHQ as part of our demonstration, building accessibility into all of our action is vital.

NUS Disabled Students Officer, Rachel O’Brien, says that DemoHQ is a vital part of any demonstration:

“It gives people who can’t march – be that for disability reasons or otherwise – a place to go and do essential work for the Free Education Demo. It makes our labour visible, and gives it equal value to the labour of the people who are marching.”

12:50:

Are you unable to join the march today, but keen to help out in other ways? You can join the team at DemoHQ. Get in touch for more information

12:44

Strong placard game here, can you do any better?

12:35: 

Students at Leeds Beckett have organised a demonstration on campus

12:20: 

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas supports  demonstrators – tax the rich for free education

12:15: 

Make sure you shout that bit louder for Katie’s nanna today

11:20: 

Messages of solidarity are coming from staff trade unions across the country, and many will join us to march through London today. The fight against fees and cuts relies on student and workers unity

11:15:

Tax the rich, especially that guy…

10:35: 

Good morning! Before we get started, here’s some advice put together by NUS Black Students Officer, Ilyas Nagdee. Know your rights when dealing with the police:

19:15:
For some, the fun just can’t start soon enough! Aberdeen students will be travelling through the night to attend #FreeEdNOW tomorrow. Send them some love!

FREE EDUCATION NOW – TAX THE RICH// SCRAP ALL FEES // LIVING GRANTS FOR ALL // STOP THE CAMPUS CUTS

 

 

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