Thousands of young people are expected to take to the streets of central London this week to voice their anger over the government’s “attacks on free education”, in what organisers are describing as a resurgent movement of student protest following the Conservatives’s election victory in May.
Organisers of the march on 4 November, called to protest against plans to axe the remaining education maintenance grants, also say that increasing numbers of students have attended meetings at universities and colleges since Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader in September.
“Events that six or 12 months ago were attracting 10 or a dozen activists are now seeing hundreds of people turn up,” said Deborah Hermanns, from the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, which has organised the London demonstration.
Last year, 10,000 people took part in a student protest in the capital that ended in series of scuffles and accusations of police violence. The protest against tuition fees and spending cuts was the biggest mobilisation of students since 2010, when demonstrators occupied Tory party offices at Millbank.