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Thousands of students expected to march in London for free education

Thousands of students expected to march in London for free education

Students from around the country will march through central London on Wednesday, to call on politicians to scrap tuition fees

The Guardian reports: The demonstration, organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) and the Student Assembly Against Austerity, is expected to be the biggest student protest in four years.

Students will travel to London from cities around the UK, including Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds and Sheffield.

A number of coaches have been organised by students or their university unions and will arrive in London throughout the morning. Many in the capital, including school students, are also expected to join the march.

Kirsty Haigh, from NUS Scotland and NCAFC says: “We believe education is a right that should be accessible to everyone and barriers such as fees are unjust. That is why I, and many other Scottish students, will be marching this Wednesday.”

Students plan to assemble at Malet Street, where part of the University of London is based, at 12pm. They will then march around Russell Square and to the Strand. After that they will head to Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, and end at Old Palace Yard outside the Houses of Parliament at around 4pm.

Hannah Sketchley, from NCAFC says: “We will be marching from the heart of the University of London – a symbolic site of protest over workers’ rights and the right to protest over the past year, to the centre of political power. We are marching to make a point and build a movement.”

Hattie Craig, from Defend Education Birmingham and the NCAFC says: “Students are daring to call for demands which envisage a radical reshaping of education. This demonstration, expected to be the biggest since 2010, is the start of big things for the student movement.”

To find out more information about the day join NCAFC’s Facebook group or the Student Assembly Against Austerity’s Facebook group. To find out about transport from your university, visit your student union website.