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There will be blood: a frontline dispatch from Tuesday’s student protests

By Shiv Malik  

Thatcher's children? Protestors on the roof at Millbank Tower earlier this month. Photo: Charlie Owen

The police thought they were so clever. They warned protestors as they exited Charing Cross: “You could be here longer than you think.” They did not mention the word ‘kettle,’ they didn’t have to—everyone knew what they meant. Like last Wednesday they had prepared to hem student protestors into a neat cordon off Parliament Square. They lay in wait. Along the side streets off Whitehall, police vans were parked up; each packed with police officers—some…

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