Today has seen widespread protests across the country, the majority of which have been peaceful. The protest held in Newcastle today, which was organized with help of members of Newcastle Occupation, saw 2000 students from 6th forms, FE colleges and Newcastle and Northumbria Universities march peacefully through Newcastle city centre.
Crowds gathered at 12pm at Monument and then marched around the city till the rally at Civic Centre at 5pm. The rally saw trade union members come together with students for an open mic with speakers from the UCU and members of Newcastle Occupation as well as trade unionists and members of the public.
During the march, 20 members of the Occupation entered a meeting where the Chris Brink, the vice chancellor of Newcastle University was present. This was as a direct result of the vice chancellors refusal to meet with the members of Newcastle Occupation.