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December 11, 2013

London students defy university protest ban

Police forgo intervention as students march through streets to protest police violence.

Protesters gather outside the University of London Union (ULU) building, December 11, 2013. (SHADE/KATIE O'REILLY-BOYLES)

Large crowds of students protested in London on Wednesday against police violence on university campuses and privatisation of universities in the UK. The protests came in defiance of the University of London's recent ban on sit-in protests on its campuses. The university obtained a court order that prohibits all "occupational protest" on campus for six months and threatens those who violate the order with jail time.

The protest comes one week after the violent eviction of student protesters from a campus building. The Metropolitan Police say three officers also received minor injuries in last week's protests. 
Almost 3,000 students planned to attend, according to a Facebook event around which the protest was organised.