Student day of Action

Today, students across the UK protested against cuts to education funding, and an increase in tuition fees. I’ve got mixed opinions on the subject that I won’t go into here, but I decided to follow the rally and the march to see if there were any good photos to be had.

The initial rally was in good spirits. Many students had made amusing banners that had little or nothing to do with the protest.

The rally outside Senate House finished, and the procession of around 2,000 people headed down past the Wills Memorial Building, and down Park Street towards College Green. There was a large police presence to prevent the protest from interfering with major roads and businesses in the centre of the city.

Having bounced off the police, and finding that there was nothing to do, the protest turned back up Park Street and congregated outside the Wills Memorial Building. The tone of the protest changed a little, and a few troublemakers shouted abuse at police, and three or four fireworks were let off in the crowd.

Combining this with the facts that my camera battery had run flat after 450 photos, and that I didn’t really care for the motion of the protest, I went back to my office.

And for those unfamiliar with Bristol, here’s a map to show the three locations I mentioned.

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7 Comments

  1. November 24, 2010
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    Saw this on the news in dribs and drabs – wondered if you were involved Jon-ma-boy! Some really good photos there anyway in terms of catching the atmosphere – and I do like the funny signs. I can’t help but think that after the peaceful protests had finished, the ‘trouble’ was actually not caused by real students but just a load of chav’s walking by. Or maybe it was you. Hard to tell 🙂

  2. Eddyg
    November 24, 2010
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    I hope you went to each of the students who got their faces in these pictures for their personal permission? 😛

    • November 24, 2010
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      No, but I did throw fire extinguishers at them.

  3. November 24, 2010
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    You’re spot on, Simmo. I saw quite a few people in the crowd who didn’t look like students. There were some people with balaclavas or scarves covering their faces, no doubt up to mischief…

  4. Alex B
    November 24, 2010
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    @Eddyg

    In public area + reasonable expectation of being observed (that’s the point of the protest after all!) + noncommercial use = no permission required.

  5. Eddyg
    November 24, 2010
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    Well indeed I stand in the presence of one with more knowledge of such things!
    Sincere apologies 😉

  6. November 24, 2010
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    You don’t wanna know what Alex gets up to in public, with an audience, for leisure purposes 😉

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