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Yesterday, the voice of students could be heard in local and national press, and on social media. The messages posted on Twitter using #demo2012 reached an audience of over 2 million people in the last 48 hours. 643 people signed up and sent out the same message on Twitter and Facebook at 6pm last night – reaching an audience of nearly half a million people with this message:

“Education should open doors but the government is slamming them shut. Make education a priority #demo2012 http://thndr.it/Saqmeb”

Over 1 million people have viewed this demo specific website and seen the blogs from you about the importance of education.
Here’s just a snippet of the coverage from yesterday in the press:
Students’ protest march – BBC News To coincide with the protest, the National Union of Students (NUS) has published a survey which suggests voters have not forgiven MPs who broke election promises over raising fees. Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, who promised to vote against raising …

Student protests 2012: why we marched – The Guardian (blog)
“The UCU supported today’s demonstration by the National Union of Students (NUS) and, personally, I was proud to be marching with my colleagues and students and to have addressed the crowd at the end of the march. Although the media seem only to be …

Mass Student Demonstration In London Passes Off Peacefully – Huffington Post UK
… in stark contrast to the 50,000-strong march two years ago. The march finished with a rally at Kennington Park, where the speakers includes author and commentator Owen Jones and the NUS president, but the wet weather appears to have dampened the spirits of some. … 2012 in London, England. The demonstration march was organised by the National Union of Students and is the first national student protest since a series of violent protests against tuition fees two years ago. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images) …

Students vow to sack fee traitors – Morning Star Online
National Union of Students (NUS) vice-president for higher education Rachel Wenstone told the Star: “We need to prove to politicians that we can bring out the student vote like we did in 2010, and we need to prove our vote matters and they can’t rip us off.” She said it was just as important to win over the parents … NUS president Liam Burns said these people want “Nick Clegg and every other MP who broke the pledge to go before they can do any more harm.” Lecturers’ union UCU president Kathy Taylor …

What the NUS demonstrations mean – The Independent (blog)
Today London will see the first demonstration called by the National Union of Students since the day that sparked that unrest. Over the last two years, little has improved for students as funding for courses has been cut and finding work after graduating is …

Students stage mass protest in London – The Guardian
The event organised by the National Union of Students (NUS) is the first organised student protest in London since a wave of demonstrations in 2010 triggered by the government’s plans to increase tuition fees, which led to a number of arrests and injuries as …

42000 put off university by tuition fees rise – Evening Standard ‎
Liam Burns, president of the NUS said: “It would be at best naive and at worst consciously ignorant to say that fees have not played a part in this. “We are marching to challenge the mindset of politicians. We want a different way of funding higher education, …

Students march in London protest – BBC News
There, NUS president Liam Burns was heckled by some of the crowd … The National Union of Students says tuition fees will still be an issue in …

Student Activists Protest In London Today – Londonist
Demo 2012, organised by the National Union of Students (NUS), calls for greater investment in education and employment. The march began at 11am in Temple Place and followed a route, devised collaboratively … Liam Burns, president of the NUS, said Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, had won the trust and votes of many students and parents by signing the pledge not to put up tuition fees, before reneging on his promise. He said: “As students gather in London today to demand investment in education …

Students protest University cuts – The Voice Online
The rally, which was organised by the National Union of Students (NUS) and supported by other unions and groups, is the first since the government’s plans to increase tuition fees from £3,290 to £9,000. The law was passed in 2010 by the cost cutting …

Students stage protest in London over tuition fees – London24
Picture: NUS/Twitter. The march started at Temple Place this morning, before heading across Victoria Embankment to a rally in Kennington Park planned for this afternoon, in which union leaders will speak. As a result, Westminster Bridge is closed in both directions … National Union of Students president Liam Burns said there were strong feelings on campuses around the country about education reforms, including the move to treble tuition fees and financial support for students as well as youth unemployment.

Student protest: Scuffles break out as police attempt to prevent protesters … – TNT Magazine
The National Union of Students organised the march which was supposed to move past parliament, over Westminster Bridge and gather in Kennington for a rally. But a splinter group tried to break away from the planned route reports the Evening Standard.

10000 students protest in London over rising cost of education – IBTimes.co.uk
The NUS – the National Union of Students – has published the results of a survey suggesting many of their members haven’t forgiven MPs for breaking election promises over increasing fees. These were the scenes in London back in November 2010 – where …

Students must keep believing in their cause – Evening Standard
If they can’t appeal to hearts, though, students can appeal to reason: a paper published last year, In Defence of Public Higher Education, …

100 Bradford students march for Government investment – Bradford Telegraph and Argus
The action formed part of a national demonstration by the National Union of Students which involved colleges and universities across the …

Students join London protest march – The Oxford Times
An estimated 10,000 people took part in the National Union of Students march, which highlighted issues such as higher fees.

I’ll be forced to go hungry if EMA subsidy is cut, says Belfast student – Belfast Telegraph
NUS-USI president Adrianne Peltz said the “devastating proposals” will have a “massive impact on young people’s futures”. “Students and …

Students protest against EMA cuts at Belfast City Hall – BBC News
The action coincides with the National Union of Students demonstrations in London. Students … Adrianne Peltz, president of the NUS-USI, said ministers must rethink their proposals, “as they will have a massive impact on young people’s futures”. “Students …

Students organise Day of Action to protest against cuts to the EMA scheme – Insideireland.ie
NUS-USI President Adrianne Peltz said that students and young people were facing ‘difficult’ times already, and to cut EMA to the level outlined in the recent consultation would be a ‘bodyblow to this and future generations here’. “Government must realise the …

Students Will March to ‘Bring Back EMA’ – Huffington Post UK (blog)‎
This will be the first national demonstration organised by NUS since the enormous 50,000 strong protest two years ago and it is long over due. Since 2010 the government’s war on students has intensified. We are facing soaring tuition fees, a lifetime of debt,

 

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