On the day that the coalition government votes to increase tuition fees and push the cost of University from the taxpayer and onto the students, outside Parliament chaos descends. Just another protest by the many who feel that their voices are not being heard, that their votes were disregarded. These images are becoming commonplace, they are the faces of modern Britain. The coalition has only been in power for a few months and yet they have already sparked such an opposition – many of them first-time voters, many of them still illegible to vote. Yes, the two parties in power have managed to ostracise the next generation of voters – an electorate disillusioned with politics before they have even written on their first ballot paper. The votes have been cast – the students have lost. Will images such as these be the end, or is it just the beginning?
These images were taken from boston.com and proper attribution has attempted to be given to each image. However, I do not own the rights to these images and will be happy to remove them if requested.
A fire burns in Parliament Square, Westminster, London, as students demonstrate against planned tuition fee increases on Thursday Dec. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Gareth Fuller/PA)
Police officers in riot wear contain student protesters on Westminster Bridge on December 9, 2010 in London, England. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
A protester wears a gas mask as a vandalized portakabin is set on fire during student demonstrations in Parliament Square, in London, on December 9, 2010. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Mounted riot police clash with protesters during student demonstrations in Parliament Square, in London, on December 9, 2010. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)
Police videotape proceedings and stand ready to meet a students demonstration in Parliament Square near the Palace of Westminster about the increase in University fees in London, Thursday, Dec., 9, 2010. (AP Photo / Lefteris Pitarakis)
British riot police come under attack from flares as they clash with protesters during student demonstrations in Parliament Square, in London, on December 9, 2010. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
The Big Ben clock tower is seen through the broken window of a damaged telephone box the morning after a protest in Westminster, in central London December 10, 2010. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)
- Barriers are stacked in a pile in front of the Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square after a protest, in Westminster in central London December 10, 2010. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)