U.K. students have increasingly grown violent Thursday as the government has voted to authorize tuition hikes. That violence was encouraged Thursday afternoon by a representative reportedly of the socialist group Revolution, who called on students to fight austerity measures. And according to the group's website, "fight" may be more than a figurative call.
A video posted on YouTube of the representative's speech includes the following description:
Freedom, peace, fight tyranny and injustice, white flage revolution power to the people. Autonomy. Calling all people unite for the rights to be you.
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According to Revolution's website, the group wants to "bring down" the current British government replace it with socialism:
Revolution is an international socialist youth organisation. We are a group of young activists who are fed up with unemployment, war, poverty, cuts and capitalism. We want to bring down Cam and Clegg's millionaire coalition and replace it with socialism. ... We want to seize their assets and abolish class society with a socialist revolution. This is what we are fighting for. [Emphasis added]
One of the group's latest newsletters displayed the "Bring down the government!" message proudly on its cover:
According to reports from the London Telegraph, the students seem to be taking the message to heart:
Protesters hurled flares, sticks, snooker balls and paint balls at officers as they attempted to break through metal barriers.
There are ongoing scuffles as thousands of demonstrators attempt to break through heavy police lines blocking off the Houses of Parliament.
Wooden benches in Parliament Square have been set on fire, and two demonstrators were seen standing on top of the bonfire, watched by cheering protesters.
One video even shows a protester attacking a mounted officer:
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In a seemingly ominous warning, a student protester told the Telegraph today that he couldn't say what would happen if the government approved the tuition increases:
With the vote now in, and the tuition increases official, more violence is expected.