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10 November 2010, 06:00
Hundreds of students from universities in Cambridge are among 10,000 protesters demonstrating in London today.
Students from Cambridge University, Anglia Ruskin University and local sixth form colleges like Long Road and Hills Road will travel to London, march to Westminster and past the Houses of Parliament.
They are protesting against the expected rise in tuition fees, which would lead to some universities being able to charge up to £9,000 a year in course charges.
Matthew East, President of Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union said: "If these cuts go through, Higher Education as we know it will be unrecognisable and devastating.
The government cannot simply ignore the thousands of students who are protesting to save their futures, and the futures of their family both future and present.
If we want our economy to grow, we cannot cut the one area that fuels growth in generations to come.
The Liberal Democrats made a promise to their large student following that they would protect the higher education system, a promise they have been happy to break."
Aaron Porter, NUS President added: "Students and lecturers are taking to the streets of London to defend education against the devastating cuts that have been imposed on our communities.
The Government's approach to funding our colleges and universities is short-sighted, illogical and unfair.
Together we will let politicians know that we will not tolerate their failure to fund our future."
Above photograph (c) Inna Tkatsenko