Summary: a largely peaceful demo comes to an amicable end #nov9

by Hesham Zakai, London Student.

The demonstration today in central London, which started at ULU in Malet Street and ended at Moorgate, passed off largely without disturbance.

Around 25 people were arrested in total, of the estimated 10,000 that turned up. Most of the arrests – around half – were for Breach of the Peace.

The atmosphere threatened to seriously deteriorate at Fetter Lane at around 3pm, when suspicions of undercover police and allegations of mounted police charges flared tensions, but that soon came to pass with minimum disruption.

The most serious report of violence we encountered was Laurie Penny’s claim of being punched in the jaw by a female police officer. More details of this will probably emerge on her blog at a later date.

The ULU Vice President, Sean Rillo Raczka, who was the Chief Steward at the demo and one of its key organisers, said: “It’s been a great day of resistance with thousands of students take to the streets against cuts and privatisation. We’re now looking forward to 30th Nov strikes.”

The area has now been cleared and the organisers and attendees will be left to reflect on where next for their campaign. One noticeable point of change is that, unlike previous students demonstrations, November 9 is likely to be considered a success by both the police and the protesters.

Quiet as protesters begin to disperse

by Hesham Zakai, London Student

Things seem fairly quiet on the ground with no further reports of disturbances, as protesters begin to leave. The police had said they would only be allowed to stay for a maximum of two hours, a deadline which expires at around 5.30pm.

Billy Bragg sings The Internationale at St Pauls #nov9 #9nov

By Carmell Shortall

Breakdown of arrests so far #nov9

by Hesham Zakai, London Student

The police have provided more details on the 20 arrests made so far. They are as follows:

3 x Section 2 and 3 of the Public Order Act (violent disorder and affray respectively)
1 x Offensive Weapon
3x Going Equipped
1x Section 60aa
12 x breach of the Peace

A song and dance at demo

by The Lion Newspaper

ULU Vice-President Sean Rillo Raczka leads the protesters’ singing:

http://yfrog.com/mde3dz