As the first student demonstrations of the year kick off in London and Manchester, your2pence looks at live reports posted by protesters and eye-witnesses. Whilst the BBC report focuses on the facts, figures and context surrounding the protests, live reports emerging on twitter provide a much more up-to-date and colourful account…
Twitter is bombarded with reports that students feel disillusioned by NUS President Aaron Porter:
(At this time the BBC website still maintains that Mr Porter will be speaking to students in Manchester)
Others feel that attacking Mr Porter isn’t targeting the real enemy:
Students begin making their way to the Egyptian Embassy (reported by BBC News online an hour later):
(Click here to see a witnesses’ video of when the London education demo joins the Egypt protesters).
However some feel that student protester’s comparisons between demonstrations in Egypt and Britain undermine their cause:
The reports on twitter provide a live and atmospheric account of the student demonstrations. They give us a valuable insight into people’s responses, hopes and frustrations on the ground and as they change throughout the day. But can we rely on this medium for accuracy? Not compared to other mainstream news platforms, such as the BBC, which check and verify their sources of information. Rumours that Aaron Porter has boarded a private jet to Saudi Arabia and is seeking asylum could been taken quite literally! But the fact that we can access an alternative account of such a huge news story, outside of the mainstream press and with relative ease, is a step in a good direction.