Can the ‘Golden Age’ of Student Protests be Revived?

By Jessica Thorne

Last week students in the UK mobilised by the National Coalition Against Fees and Cuts and a range of other student organisations rallied in London for free education. The National Union of Students controversially, and at a late stage, denied their support for the mobilisation. In this month’s Histories of the Present, we asked second year undergraduate history student and activist Jessica Thorne to reflect on these recent events and ask whether the ‘Golden Age’ of student protest can be revived.

May ’68 – The Beginning of a Prolonged Struggle Credit: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b9018074c.r=mai+1968.langFR

May ’68 – The Beginning of a Prolonged Struggle
Credit: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b9018074c.r=mai+1968.langFR

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