Local authorities have had to employ cleaning services to help clear up after the recent student protests in London.
According to the Greater London Authority, the bill for cleaning services and repair of damage following the demonstrations could rise to over £50,000.
Thousands of protestors took to the streets on Thursday last week (December 9th) to voice their anger at a government bill that will allow universities in England to charge up to £9,000 a year in tuition fees.
While most protested peacefully, some of the demonstrations turned violent with protestors starting fires, spraying graffiti and smashing the windows of the Treasury building.
Westminster council’s operations director Rob McAlister, who was overseeing the cleaning operation, told the BBC: “A lot of it is graffiti, a lot of it is paint, lots of utility cones and barriers were used in the protests.
“We have removed five tonnes’ worth of debris associated with the protests throughout the city so that’s quite a lot of stuff that we’ve had to move overnight.”
Last week’s protests followed earlier demonstrations against tuition fee rises that saw the occupation of the Conservative party’s headquarters at Millbank Tower by some protestors.
Posted by Teodora Ivanova
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