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Photos Of Student Protest And Riot At Millbank Tower: Were You There?

by | 11th, November 2010

PHOTOS of the student protest and the Millbank occupation in London – and the ensuing violence. The news cameras love the blood, cracked heads and the smashed glass. A fire is lit. But this is no full-blown riot. But in close with the cameras and it looks bad, or good.

The photos are big and high resolution:

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The protestors have smashed their way into Millbank Tower, near the London headquarters of the Conservative party. Yeah near. The Tories moved out after the election. They are now housed by the Pizza Express at number 30 Millbank. (Education, readers. Education.) Police are injured. But when you are in the building, then what?

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There are students on the roof. Some are smoking rolled-up cigarettes. Other are enjoying the view. Other are realising that they are now trapped and having dropped a metal fire extinguisher onto riot police they will to come down eventually to face their targets. Good luck with that.

Sticks are tossed at police. A policeman is bloodied. As she is led away someone throws a stick at her head.

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With the world looking on, the protesters in the Tory HQ building and on the roof release a statement:

“We oppose all cuts and we stand in solidarity with public sector workers, and all poor, disabled, elderly and working people. We are occupying the roof in opposition to the marketisation of education pushed through by the coalition government, and the system they are pushing through of helping the rich and attacking the poor. We call for direct action to oppose these cuts. This is only the beginning of the resistance to the destruction of our education system and public services.”

How Media Hijacked The Student Violence To Mute The Message: Photos

The views:

No one in their right mind could claim that the violence of students (and possibly others) in London today is justified. Those who have forced their way into the Conservative Party headquarters have achieved nothing except to reinforce the view that students who oppose the proposed rise in tuition fees and cuts to higher education are short-sighted, selfish and naive. – India Lenon

The Guardian: Adam Gabbatt:

I’ve just spoken to one of the protesters who disputes some of the reports that the Millbank building and roof protests were engineered by non-students — saying “only a couple” of people of the 30 on the rooftop were not students.

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