Around 400 people rallied outside Lewisham town hall this evening against plans by the Labour run council to make £60 million cuts.
The protest, organised by Lewisham Anti-Cuts Alliance, was boosted by a large feeder march of university students from Goldsmiths College.
After a rally many people rushed into the town hall to voice opposition to the cuts. Around 100 protesters managed to get in.
Police then attacked the protesters with horses, dogs, riot shields and truncheons.
One eyewitness, an NUT member, told Socialist Worker, “The police were like animals. The beat people with their truncheons and even attacked a 72 year old pensioner.”
A student at Goldsmiths, told Socialist Worker, “We marched down from the college and people joined us. We recognise the need to demand not just a future for students but for everyone.”
“Then they denied us access to the town hall and police attacked us, grabbing people by the hair and the neck.”
“It shows how little democracy there really is.”