Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/651/10813

From The Socialist newspaper, 15 December 2010

Interview with 24 November protesters

On the 24 November day of action, 8,000 people tried to march in central London only to spend nine hours being 'kettled' by police with no access to food, water or toilet facilities.

Many of the images used to depict that day showed a rusty old police van that appeared to have been left in the middle of the crowd to provoke an attack.

Here Suzanne Beishon talks to two of the school students who linked arms around the van to try to prevent this.

Why did you decide to join the protests?

We both strongly disagree with the increase in student fees and the cutting of EMA and thought it was a good opportunity to express that.

What was your experience of the protests up until the police 'kettle'?

At the beginning of the protest we thought that the atmosphere was great and it was all very peaceful and enjoyable.

How do you think the police handled the demonstration?

Although a lot of the police we came across were very nice, I know a couple of friends who were hit with batons unnecessarily who were both in school uniform, which shocked us.

What was it like to be 'kettled'?

Being kettled was definitely not very fun at all. It was very cold and neither of us were really dressed for it.

Why were you protecting the police van?

Because we knew that the media was going to focus on the vandalism of the van etc as opposed to the positive side of the protest. A small number of people were getting way too caught up in trashing the police and they were forgetting why they were actually there - which was frustrating.

What do you think of the media's response to the protest?

Most of the media did decide to focus on the small outbreaks of violence and they blew it up to seem like it was much more than it was, using the same clips over and over and not really showing all the good things that were happening elsewhere.

What has the response been like since the protest? Do you think students will be put off further protests and demonstrations?

Though the media made a big deal about the violence, we don't think that it has affected public opinion particularly badly and nobody we know has been discouraged from attending future protests. I think Tuesday's (30 November) protest also proves that students haven't been put off - even though it was snowing!


Socialist Party video of November 24 protest

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 15 December 2010:


Anti-cuts campaign

Workers and students unite!

National Shop Stewards Network anti-cuts conference

Prepare to build the fight against all cuts in 2011

Fighting back against council cuts

Swansea: Council cuts must be fought

Hands off the Forest of Dean!

Workplace news in brief

Salford Against Cuts gets organised

Come to the TUSC conference


Socialist Party feature

Europe: Working class enters the struggle


Socialist Party news and analysis

US government turns the screws on WikiLeaks

Tommy Sheridan trial: Cameron's spin doctor let off the hook

Raking in the cash

Garment workers demand a living wage in Bangladesh


Socialist Party youth and students

Condemn brutal policing of students

Tories to legalise tax cheating

Interview with 24 November protesters

London students vote to coordinate with workers

Reports of 'Day X' fees protests

Save EMA day!

Youth democratic rights campaign: defend all victimised protesters

No more the 'apathetic generation'

Medirest workers on strike


Education

Education white paper: A threat to schools and teachers


 

Home   |   The Socialist 15 December 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Police:

triangleIrish capitalist state: rotten to the core

triangleOrgreave campaigners' Halloween 'Death of Justice' march

triangleThe "club no-one wants to be part of" - march by families of those killed in police custody

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

Protest:

triangleWaltham Forest Universal Credit protest

triangleTyneside walk-in closures postponed after rally

triangleDemonstrations by uni students and staff greet Bath vice-chancellor resignation

triangleOsborne evades Carlisle socialists

Students:

triangleLiverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

trianglePlans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

triangleSocialist Students national conference

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

6/12/17

Transport

Arriva bus strikers stand firm

6/12/17

Pensions

BT pensions review - oppose the attacks on the pension schemes

6/12/17

PCS

Driving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

6/12/17

Newham

School staff strike against privatisation

6/12/17

Rail

Brutal rail privateer Abellio takes over Midlands rail services

6/12/17

PCS

PCS Left Unity celebrates 40th anniversary at annual conference

6/12/17

North Yorkshire

Court maintains injunction against fracking protesters

6/12/17

Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Universal Credit protest

6/12/17

Coventry

Coventry Socialist sales hit 1,000

6/12/17

TUSC

TUSC conference to debate 2018 elections

6/12/17

Liverpool

Liverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

6/12/17

Kirklees

Plans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the full 5% claim

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

triangle30 Nov Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

More ...

triangle11 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Campaigning workshop

triangle11 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas Quiz

triangle12 Dec Birmingham South East Socialist Party: Can the Labour Party be changed?

triangle12 Dec Liverpool Socialist Party: Fighting council cuts

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2