The student protests against tuition fee hikes in London on Wednesday are over. Around 2,500 people marched through the British capital chanting slogans like No ifs, no buts, no education cuts, and David Cameron f--- off back to Eton.
Despite the turn out, the protesters were easily controlled by the 4,000 police officers at hand for the protest.
The activity at the Occupy London Stock Exchange camp by St. Paul's cathedral is still going strong, and former-Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello visited the movement and voiced his support of the protests.
The lesson that the Arab Spring taught the world was in order to change the world all you have to do is walk out of your front door and just do it, Morello told reporters.
Young people who haven't been on a protest or demonstration ever are coming out in their tens of thousands and they realize that they have their hands on the wheel of history and are trying to turn it in a better direction, he added.
Occupy London reported via Twitter that police were kettling protestors in the area of Moorgate and Blackfriars.
Kettling is a controversial crowd control tactic in which police create a perimeter around protestors, confining them inside a controlled space.
In April, a London high court deemed that the kettling used against G20 protestors in 2009 was illegal, primarily because police officers assaulted peaceful demonstrators. One man died from injuries sustained in the event. The ruling changed the requirements for when kettling is allowed.
The police may only take such preventive action as a last resort, catering for situations about to descend into violence, the court ruled.
The Met Police were also allowed to use rubber bullets as a last resort on Wednesday, although there were no reported cases of that happening.