Not so far ago the third mass protest against the raise of tuition fees took place in Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford and London. Although the weather was freezing, thousands of students went out streets and set up a new large demonstration. In London 153 arrests were registered, according to the Metropolitan police. It is said that 146 arrests out of 153 occurred when students refused to leave Trafalgar Square after the end of the demonstration. Police who charged at protestors with batons was thrown with missiles. Protestors smashed windows, climbed on rooftops, stopped traffic in many town centers. Students consider that such acts could influence the government’s plans.
There had been chaotic scenes in London with 4,000 students as participants. They marched toward parliament with attempts to turn aside what they considered as the efforts made by police to "kettle" them in the bleak weather. There were several marches in the capital while others that took place at Oxford Circus and Hyde Park Corner, near Buckingham Palace, stopped traffic en route.
The scale of this month's student protests was a real shock to the authorities who were afraid that mobilization against government’s plans could spread. Most of these protests were organized by students from 32 universities across Britain. Those acts were independent of the National Union of Students. Aaron Porter, the NUS president, has already apologized for the union's "spineless" caution toward student activism and promised more support. More information about protest you can find from the student's essays .