Student fees protest in Liverpool

I don’t think I’ve seen a bigger protest since the Condi Rice protests in 2006. Loads of police, horses and police dogs.

The protest started at Liverpool University and headed down into town via the Adelphi. It was a very peaceful, vocal protest with a noticeably large police presence.

First time I’ve seen dogs out for a protest, lots of dog handlers around. I guess after the protest in London the police weren’t taking any chances.

At Lime Street they sat down and took control of the road for a few minutes before moving on.

Down Dale Street, around town and up Castle Street to the Town Hall where they were greeted by a line of police horses.

A speaker at the town hall spoke to the crowd who did another sit down protest. After the speech a flare was set off and the crowd headed to Church Street, against the will of the police.

They were stopped by Pret a Manger on the corner of Castle Street by another line of police horses but broke free via Liverpool One and made their way into town.

At this point there were no police guiding / directing them.

The crowd turned right onto Hanover Street, heading for the Conservatives office by Duke Street. Only one police officer was around to accompany them. The rest were getting into position.

Numerous police protecting Chocolate Cellar and the entrance to the offices above where the Conservatives were. The crowd were directed up Duke Street but yet again out maneuvered the police and headed back towards Liverpool One.

There wasn’t enough horses to control them around Liverpool One and the crowd stormed Chavasse Park.

Only to be greeted by police in Liverpool One who funneled them out and back onto Hanover Street.

The police contained them around the Conservative offices while the crowd threw eggs, fruit, and anything to hand at the windows.

Unfortunately Chocolate Cellar bore the brunt of the attack. There was no real damage outside of dirty windows and some litter. The crowd headed up Bold Street, did another sit in on Berry Street.