Students from the North have been willing participants in the spate of violent protests in central London that erupted over the projected hike in tuition fees.
Up to 50,000 students, including lecturers and supporters gathered at Millbank Tower, next to the River Thames, and events quickly spiraled out of control.
The march had been organized by the National Union of Students and had started off peacefully, moving in an orderly fashion from Whitehall, past Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament.
But later a group of hooded protestors forced their way into the headquarters of the Conservative Party, breaking windows and burning placards.
One student from Belfast told the press there was a lot of public support for the protestors, since most people recognized the proposed cuts would bar the door to third-level education for many prospective students.
We’re doing this to peacefully but strongly let politicians and others hear our voices, that we do not want increases in student fees," Fiona Kidd, a Queen’s University Belfast student, told the press.
However Kidd condemned the violent outbreaks that marred the largely peaceful protest.
"That is not why Queen's University travelled over 400 miles to get here, it's not why NUS managed to demonstrate the largest student movement in over two decades," she said.
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