Today, students across the UK protested against cuts to education funding, and an increase in tuition fees. I’ve got mixed opinions on the subject that I won’t go into here, but I decided to follow the rally and the march to see if there were any good photos to be had.
The initial rally was in good spirits. Many students had made amusing banners that had little or nothing to do with the protest.
The rally outside Senate House finished, and the procession of around 2,000 people headed down past the Wills Memorial Building, and down Park Street towards College Green. There was a large police presence to prevent the protest from interfering with major roads and businesses in the centre of the city.
Having bounced off the police, and finding that there was nothing to do, the protest turned back up Park Street and congregated outside the Wills Memorial Building. The tone of the protest changed a little, and a few troublemakers shouted abuse at police, and three or four fireworks were let off in the crowd.
Combining this with the facts that my camera battery had run flat after 450 photos, and that I didn’t really care for the motion of the protest, I went back to my office.
And for those unfamiliar with Bristol, here’s a map to show the three locations I mentioned.