A student protest against tuition fees and EMA grant cuts again turned violent after police 'kettled' the protesters. London, UK. 24/11/2010.
The protesters were fewer in number and much younger than the national student march two weeks ago and chants in support of the EMA (weekly payments made to students studying after 16) were more common than those about tuition fees.
The police presence was significant and all officers were fully kitted out in riot gear from the start albeit with helmets on their belts than than heads.
The protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square and were due to march towards Parilament at 1pm.However, the crowd decided to set off early and ran towards a hasty created police cordon at the bottom of Whitehall. Despite being heavily outnumbered the cordon held.
A police van was stuck in the middle of the protesters and was vandalised and set on fire. Fireworks and smoke bombs were let off and other missiles, including large metal fence panels, throw at the police lines. The police then formed the first of three 'kettles' trapping thousands inside for many hours.