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10,000 students kick start a new movement for free education: report of the demo & next steps

On Wednesday 19 November 10,000 students marched through London to kick start a new movement for free education.

Great photo of the demo

The national protest was the biggest student demonstration since tuition fees were trebled in 2010 and organized by the Student Assembly Against Austerity, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and the Young Greens.

The demo demanded an end to tuition fees, education cuts and student debt, taking place just one month after Germany scrapped its experiment with tuition fees.

The demonstration ended with a rally outside Parliament with an impressive line up of speakers including leading student activists, MPs and campaigners. You can watch the speeches online on the Student Assembly Against Austerity’s youtube channel.

Check out the Student Assembly’s report of the demo, including a round up of the huge media coverage here.


1. Come to the ‘Fight austerity racism, climate change & war!’ Student Broad Left Activist Meeting on Thursday 27 November, 6pm in Room 2B in ‘Student Central’ on Malet Street.

Following the student demo for free education, Student Broad Left is hosting a discussion on the next steps in building a fighting, progressive student movement. The fight must continue. All welcome!
Student Broad Left helped to organise the national demo – we want to see the broadest, most powerful movement that opposes the attacks on education and students.

This fight is much aided by the establishment last year of the Student Assembly Against Austerity. Linked to the wider struggle in society against austerity and attacks on living standards, the Student Assembly champions free education and strengthens the campaigns defending students. Come to the Student Broad Left discussion on the way forward.

2. National Day of Action Against the Autumn Statement on Weds 3 December – organise something on your campus for the day of action. Check out the facebook event here.

3. Come along to the Student Assembly Against Austerity National Convention on Saturday 31 January at SOAS. Join us for a day of discussion, debate and action planning on the next steps in building a student movement that takes on austerity. Speakers include Piers Telemacque (NUS Vice President), Shelly Asquith (President of SUArts), Jeremy Corbyn MP, Francesca Martinez (comedian), Natalie Bennett (leader of the Green Party) and Lindsey German (Stop the War). Click here for more details.

4. Set up a Student Assembly Against Austerity society on your campus – contact for help in setting one up.

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