Riots in London
Tens of thousands of students rallied in the streets all day yesterday, in reaction to a vote that will triple the cost of tuition at UK universities.
Students, upset to say the least, continued their protest well into the night, while police officers essentially did nothing because they young scholars had every right to protest.
Tuition for college students in the UK was at one point, so inexpensive that Americans considered it free compared to our absurd prices for higher education. To U.S. students, attending college at a cost that’s adjacent to free, is just a dream, but for millions of students in the UK, it was their right and pretty much all they’ve known.
That all changed yesterday. The vote passed by Parliament on Thursday led to violence, chaos, rage and vandalism, but who can blame the students for such a reaction?
Yes, protest are supposed to be peaceful, but the fact of the matter is that the decision raised the cap on subsidized university fees from $4,800 to $14,500!!
I guess the UC San Francisco students don’t feel so bad now, protesting a mere $822 tuition hike last month, knowing that students in London will pay almost $10,000 more for school next year. Ouch!