South East Wales

Cardiff students stage overnight fees protest

University students have staged an overnight sit-in to protest against the threat of higher tuition fees and education cuts.

Between 40 and 50 students spent the night in a Cardiff University lecture theatre as Wednesday's demonstrations continued into another day.

They say they will only leave if the university publicly opposes a rise in fees and discloses its finances.

Similar protests are taking place elsewhere in the UK.

Protesters in Cardiff said they were allowed access to toilets overnight, but movement was restricted on Thursday morning in and out of the Shandon lecture theatre in the university's main building.

Those taking part claimed to have received statements of support from Plaid Cymru and lecturers' union the University and College Union.

The sit-in follows a march on Wednesday which saw more than 300 students and staff from Cardiff University, UWIC, University of Glamorgan, University of Wales Newport, and four colleges taking part.

The action is being led by the Cardiff University Socialist Students organisation.

Pupils at Monmouth Comprehensive and students and lecturers at Aberystwyth University also took part in separate protests.

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