Wednesday 19 November 2014
Student Assembly Against Austerity Press Release
Up to ten thousand students are currently marching through the streets of London for free education in one of the largest student protests since tuition fees were trebled in 2010.
The demonstration is organised by the Student Assembly Against Austerity, alongside the Young Greens and the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.
Aaron Kiely, NUS National Executive and an organiser of the Student Assembly Against Austerity said:
“The message of today’s national demonstration could not be clearer: we are demanding an end to tuition fees, an end to education cuts and an end to the student debt crisis.
“We are taking inspiration from Germany, where tuition fees were scrapped last month, underlining once again that there is an alternative to a lifetime of debt.
“The scale of today’s protest shows that the British government has once again found itself on the wrong end of student opinion. It’s time politicians paid attention to students or risk losing out at the General Election.”
1. The Student Assembly Against Austerity has organised the national demonstration for free education today (Wednesday 19 November), alongside a coalition of groups including the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and the Young Greens.
2. The national demonstration is currently making its way through London and will end outside Parliament with a rally from 2.30pm. Speakers at the rally include MPs, trade unionists, campaigners and student activists.
3. The Student Assembly Against Austerity is running a liveblog with videos, photos and reports from the demonstration as it happens, which can be viewed here: http://www.thestudentassembly.org.uk/news/liveblog-national-freeeducation-demo-nov19
4. The Student Assembly Against Austerity is the student wing of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity.
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