Thousands of students attend 'cops off campus' demo - with police so far nowhere to be seen
Demonstration has so far passed off peacefully
Thousands of students have gathered today to protest against heavy police presence on university campuses in a national day of action at the University of London Union.
Almost 3,000 demonstrators from across the country planned to attend the “Cops off Campus” rally, organised in reaction to what many saw as police brutality against students last week.
Many students gathered in their respective campuses before making their way down to Bloomsbury for 2pm.
At the beginning of the protest, the atmosphere was peaceful and good-spirited, with a samba band playing and no obvious police presence.
King's College London student Areeb Ullah, who was arrested outside last Wednesday's occupation, said he was determined to attend.
He said: "There is a fear of being arrested again but at the same time I feel it's important to be there to demonstrate that I won't let that stop me.
"People are coming together and actually forming and encapsulating the term ‘student movement’. People from across the country, across the political spectrum are coming together for this.
"This is something we will remember and it will be a highlight of the student movement."
The widespread unrest, which resulted in 41 arrests last week, began on 4 December when Senate House, the university’s headquarters, was occupied by around 60 people.
Violent clashes broke out between police and protesters last Wednesday evening, with video footage emerging of what appears to be a police officer punching a student.
Subsequent protests were held last Thursday and Friday before the University of London took out a six-month injunction against “occupational protest” on campus.
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £35000: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250 b...
£20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly reputable business is looking to rec...
£25000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Join a fast growing software co...
£20k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Graduate / Digital Account Exe...