Queen Mary student hurt at tuition fees protest

A student from Queen Mary, University of London based in Mile End is believed to have been hurt during a charge by police horses at today’s protest aganst tuition fees.

The female student who joined 40 colleagues from the Mile End campus is thought to have been injured in a police kettle in Whitehall this afternoon.

Alex Chan, an organiser of Queen Mary Stop the Cuts group told the Advertiser: “One of the girls was quite badly charged by a horse charge.” She said she had no further information about the student’s injuries but added: “People did get separated on the ground. I have never seen so many police horses, riot vans and dog sections.”

Protestors and police clashed in the demonstration in central London as thousands took, to the streets.

Miss Chan said students vowed to carry on the protest as MPs narrowly voted for tuition fees tonight, with 323 voting in favour and 302 against.

“The Lib Dems who abstained should be ashamed. Twenty votes is not bad. We have got another reading of the bill. We are going to fight and push hard.”

East End Labour MPs Rushanara Ali and Jim Fitzpatrick both voted against the bill.