Students protest in London over loans
- By: Helen Barratt
Thousands of students descended on London last March to urge Tony Blair to scrap student loans. An estimated 15 000 people marched along the high profile route past the House of Parliament and 10 Downing Street, culminating in a rally in Trafalgar Square--virtually unheard of during the week.
The National Union of Students, which organised the demonstration, believes that virtually all its affiliated institutions were represented, with many students travelling through the night from across the United Kingdom to get to the capital. Many were wearing red to symbolise the state of their finances.
In response to figures showing that many students are forced to live £13 below the government's own poverty line, Owain James, president of the National Union of Students, delivered a petition to 10 Downing Street on the eve of the demonstration. The petition, calling for a fairer funding system, contained the signatures of tens of thousands