2012-05-01 – ONE NEWS – STUDENTS PROMISE MORE PROTEST

Student demonstrators are vowing to hit the streets again.
Police arrested 43 people after protests in central Auckland yesterday caused traffic chaos.
Four students have been charged following yesterday’s protests and the other 39 were let off with formal warnings.
The university students are angry about changes to student loans and allowances in this year’s budget.
Students say they will meet next week to discuss yesterday’s demonstration, with another protest already planned.
Students staged a sit-in on the busy Symonds St yesterday. Around 200 protesters then made their way through central Auckland, blocking Queen St as they walked toward the Auckland central police station.
The group then returned to Queen St before dispersing.
Protesters accused the police of heavy handed tactics, and video captured by ONE News shows police picking off protesters one at a time and arresting them.
“This is incredibly brutal,” one protester told ONE News.
“Last week we were allowed to have a protest in the same street for over five hours.”
Around 400 people turned up to a protest on Symonds St last week.
The latest protest has been dubbed “Blockade the Budget Part II: Protest Like the Greeks,” in response to a comment from Finance Minister Bill English that the protesters “need some Greeks to show them how to do it”.
The changes announced in the Budget include increasing the repayment rate for student loans from 10% to 12% and only allowing students to take allowances if they are in their first four years of study.
The protesters fear the changes will discourage students from low income families from doing long degrees or post-graduate study, therefore restricting occupations in law, medicine or engineering to a privileged few.

SOURCE: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/students-promise-more-protest-4907271