Updated: Thursday, 14th November 2019 @ 1:54pm

Manchester student march brings Oxford Road to a standstill

Manchester student march brings Oxford Road to a standstill

By Anna Mauremootoo

Students took to the streets of Manchester yesterday in protest against government cuts and a rise in tuition fees.

Protesters set off from Manchester University Student Union (UMSU) and chanted “No ifs, no buts, no education cuts” as they made their way to the Town Hall.

The national day of student walkouts coincided with the government’s vote regarding planned reforms.

A UMSU spokesman said: “These cuts will affect not just us but our friends and families and future generations.”

As a result of the march Oxford Road, where both Manchester University and Manchester Metropolitan’s main campuses are situated, came to a complete standstill.

Claire Tolley, a student at the protest, said: “The scale of this demonstration shows how strongly we feel, we all want our voices to be heard.”

However, not all students are convinced that the protests will have any effect on governmental decisions.

Daniel Jones, a student at the University of Manchester, said: “I think it’s right that students send out a message and this was definitely achieved that last week, though perhaps not the right one.

“I won’t be protesting because I don’t think my effort would have a large enough impact.”

Other students out rightly disagree with the cause that the protesters are marching for.

Ben Abram, an engineer student at the University of Manchester, said: “Increasing fees will distinguish the good Universities from the bad enabling students to make a more informed decision.”

There were more than 5000 protestors, but some were unable to reach the Town Hall after they were sectioned off by police to avoid repetition of last week’s violence.

Chris Jarvis, an Upper sixth student, said: “The rise in tuition fees announced by the Con-Dem government will crack and break the fabric of equality that we have in this country.

“We will see the arrival of a two-tier education system and a generation of poorer people who are grossly restricted in their life choices.”

Despite the strong feelings of disillusionment, many of the protesters were in good humor sporting placards with slogans such as “F**k this, I’m off to Hogwarts.”