According to Time: "Supported by the Occupy London movement, it was originally thought that 10,000 people would turn up to protest. (Estimates suggest that around half that number turned up.) Around midday the students gathered in central London, near the University of London and began marching through the city's streets with placards and megaphones."
Wednesday, November 9, 2011: About 1,000 Students in the US Protest Education Cuts and Tuition Hikes
|Source: Think Progress|
According to SFist:
"After getting hit by police officers, Shane Boyle, a Cal graduate student involved in the melee, told The Chronicle, "It really, really hurt - I got the wind knocked out of me...I was lucky I only got hit twice." He also revealed a red welt on his chest. Six UC Berkeley students and english professor Celeste Langan were arrested for "resisting and delaying police officers." After the officers left the scene, students quickly replaced their tents at Sproul Plaza."
So, um, yeah. I was appalled by the police's disregard for students who were simply exercising their first amendment constitutional rights and because, well, I haven't incurred brain trauma and I don't watch Fox. I was actually having an "argument" about this clear brutality over at the on my post on the #OWS web site forum (NOT what democracy looks like: OccupyCal - Uber Violence by Police against Students) and was saddened, but not really surprised, to find people defending this police action. But here in the United States, it's clear that we've grown accustomed to having our rights trampled (quite literally), and we accept police brutality as a ho-hum fact of life.
But as events in the UK prove, it doesn't have to be that way.