Two teenagers were arrested during a day of action against education cuts in Colchester town centre. College students blocked traffic in Colchester High Street and North Hill as they protested about government cuts.And yet, only two were arrested? I guess that spells doom for any whinging about 'lack of license to demonstrate' and 'our growing police state', then...
At its peak about 500 to 600 students waving placards were in the town’s high street, bringing traffic to a standstill.
The crowd passed peacefully along High Street to Castle Park but once in the park, groups of demonstrators broke off and returned to the High Street to stage a sit-down protest outside the town hall. They remained there for about an hour until they were forced down West Stockwell Street by police on foot and horseback and back to North Hill where they eventually dispersed about 3pm.Via the miracle of the Internet, we can hear first-hand from the parents of these students, disgusted at their disruptive behav…
Not ‘mumof4girls, stanway’ it seems:
I have just had to go and collect my daughter and her friend, both of whom were quite upset.What did you think they were going to do, you dozy mare, when your spoilt little brat refused to move? Say 'Oh, OK then...' perhaps, and turn around to the waiting motorists with a shrug and a 'Well, we asked nicely..'?
They are both studying for their A levels at the Sixth Form college and both are very bright, intelligent young woman.
They took part in the protest in the High Street and I was horrified to hear how they were treated by the so called people who are there to protect them. I sat in astonishment, while they told me how they were physically picked up and moved by the police. They were given a 5 second warning to get up.They were sitting peacefully protesting, which surely isnt a crime in itself. They were not being violent or causing harm to anyone. They were also told if they didnt get up they would be arrested, something which has horrified my daughter. They were also physically pushed by the Police and my daughters friend who had a sign reading "dont cut our EMA" was physically picked up and shoved him. In my daughter and her friends words, he was yanked about just because he had a sign.
I do NOT agree with violence in these protests and do not condone any sort of violence. I do however, feel maybe the police antagonise these young people sometimes. I am absolutely disgusted by the behaviour of violent silly students who spoil protests, but today I am equally dusgusted by the policeman who were supposedly protecting the peaceful students !
I think we can see why they've grown up into obnoxious little hellions who believe the world owes them a living and they should never be forced to hear the word 'No' applied to them then...Yes, those motorists and shoppers and shop workers going about their lawful business should just sit down and shut up while a group of massively over-indulged and privileged-beyond-belief students create havoc over 'cuts' that won't even affect them...
And then ‘pinkish’ wades in:
And then ‘pinkish’ wades in:
As the parent of a student at the sixth form college who was also at the demonstration today, i take offence at the labelling of the demonstrators as spoilt and selfish. These young people, like the rest of us, have been let down and lied to by a government that the majority of us voted against. They are seeing their future opportunities and their right to an education snatched away from them, and they have every right to protest. It's those who are complaining about being slightly inconvenienced that are the selfish ones.
And as Sam Duncan at 'Counting Cats...' points out, an education is NOT a 'right'. It's a privilege. Or, in their cases, yet another privilege...