Another student protest against the rise in tuition fees in Brighton has ended peacefully.
About 150 students gathered at the Clock Tower in Brighton this afternoon from 4pm. An effigy of David Cameron was burnt, and speeches were made.
Sussex Police deployed 250 officers on the ground in case the protest became violent, but in contrast to the two former tuition fees protest, there was no violence or disruption.
Superintendent Steve Whitton said: “I am pleased to report that today’s demonstration was held in a peaceful and law abiding manner and members of the public, unconnected to the activity were able to go about their normal business.
“We are expecting a further demonstration tomorrow to coincide with the House of Commons vote on tuition fees and I would urge both the organisers and those intending to participate to engage with police so that we can keep disruption in the city to a minimum.”
Before the protest, Brighton and Hove Buses warned that disruption is expected. In an email sent to subscribers, it said: “We will be working hard to minimise the disruption but some will be inevitable due to the importance of this road junction to the bus network.
“Contingency plans are in place to divert buses if it becomes necessary and details will be available on our website, by email alerts and on the real time information signs at bus stops.”
Tomorrow, a mass walkout from the city’s schools is also planned tomorrow as MPs are due to vote on the controversial plans.
Schoolchildren are being invited to walk out of school from the first school break tomorrow morning. A rally is then planned at The Level at 1pm.
Councillor Dee Simson, the council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “We have asked schools to talk to parents and pupils to urge them not to attend the march because schoolchildren should not miss school and both the council and the police have concerns over their safety.
“Individual schools look after day to day attendance and put in place appropriate sanctions for any pupil that leaves their school unauthorised.
The last student protest in Brighton on Tuesday 30 November saw windows smashed at Vodafone in Western Road and Halifax and McDonald’s in London Road. A policeman was also assaulted.
Five people, including three 15-year-olds, were arrested.
The first demo, on Wednesday 24 November, saw protesters enter council and university buildings and Poundland in Western Road was looted.
It resulted in six arrests. Brighton University’s Pavilion Parade building is still occupied.
Another protest in the city centre last Saturday, where demonstrators glued themselves to the windows of Topshop in Western Road and which resulted in 21 arrests, was against big corporations avoiding tax rather than tuition fees.
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