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Friday, 12 November 2010

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Students: young, fit, and cheap

Today, a mass gathering of 20 students protested outside media outlets in central London, including the offices to the Sun, the Times and the Guardian. Small groups of them threw fire extinguishers at the windows in an attempt to grab attention.

The head of the UK Student Union, Mr Ima Havana-Laff, explained: "We are very angry at the media's response to the recent student protest to the rise in tuition fees. They are painting us as immoral and stupid. As we all remember, Labour introduced tuition fees ten years ago, and we protested then. But of course, because we are all a bit lefty ourselves, we decided not to use violence. Then four years ago, Labour tripled tuition fees, but again we decided that that was not a good time to use force."

"But now that there is a Conservative government in power, we somehow feel the need to express our frustration, because although we are only 20 years old we all remember the horrible years of Thatcher."

"We may be young, and have never done a day's work in our lives. We also realise that as future graduates we will earn an average of over £100,000 more than non-graduates over our lifetimes. However, we still feel that the current government should do everything we say and stop giving us a slightly less reasonable level of debt when we leave university, even though we don't have to pay it off until we have a decently paid job."

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