Officers worked closely with protestors to enable them to make their views felt within sight and earshot of Parliament and then continue their route to Victoria Embankment.
The protestors have broken down the Greater London Authority’s protective barriers put in place to allow maintenance work in Parliament Square. These are not police barriers.
Police have created a cordon along one side of Parliament Square to ensure that protestors do not further deviate from the agreed route.
The Met Police has worked closely with the NUS (National Union of Students), University and College Union (UCU) and University of London Union (ULU) over their planned protest in the capital on Thursday 9 December.
In order to balance the needs and requirements of those protesting against tuition fees, and those of other Londoners to go about their everyday business, officers have agreed a route for a protest march from Malet Street WC1 to Westminster and to the rally point along the Victoria Embankment.
The NUS, the UCU, together with ULU, have discussed their plans fully with the Met Police Service Public Order Branch and have agreed to the following:
Rally along Victoria Embankment from 15.00hrs – 16.30hrs and then a candlelit vigil in the same location from 16.30hrs until 17.00hrs.
March from Malet Street along Kingsway – Aldwych – The Strand – Trafalgar Square – Admiralty Arch – Horse Guards Road – Parliament Square via Great George Street – Whitehall and ending in Victoria Embankment with the other protesters.