Monday evening, may 15th, around 500 students blocked a technology center where hessian education minister Karin Wolff from the conservative party CDU planned to hold a speech. Police presence in the city were unusualy high this day, cops on horses in the city center and at relevent bridges and highway-driveways . After Karin Wolff's speech she tried to leave the building, but was prevented by students who blocked all entries to the building. Proteced by the police she made it to one exit and stated again that student fees are necessary. The students weren't satisfied with this statement and continued to block the gate. Finally she put in a police uniform and made it this way out of the building. After that a crowd of 300 students marched through the citym, blocking street corners, throwing trash-bins on the streets ect..
Tuesday, may 16th, between 4.500 and 7.000 students marched through the town of Duesseldorf, protesting student fees and social cuts.The demonstration itself was peacefull until the protesters arrived at the parliament. Dozens of students then tried to enter the precinct (no-protest-area) there and climbed over the barriers. Cops prevented that by beating the students and forced them back. After that ca. 500 held a spontaneous demonstration and after some minor scuffles with the police and 300 protesters were surrounded by them and later escorted to the trainstation. Some arrests took also place.
Wednesday, may 17th, after a plenary meeting at the univesity of Frankfurt, thousends of students marched through the city towards a highway-driveway. A police-chain was overrun, but wasn't enough to block the highway, but at least the driveway was occupied. Then police useed pepperspray and perhaps some kind of teargas (maybe it was pepperspray as well). Some protesters then threw stones and bottles against to police. Finally the students went back to the university and on their way back they blocked streets and one or another trash-bin and other material was moved on the streets.
Wednesday, may 17th, the university rectorate in Muenster was occupied and is now in hand of the students. And today, may 18th, hundreds of students disrupted the session of the university senat. The podium was stormed and the session aborted.
Wednesday, may 17th, up to 5.000 pupils and students marched for hours through the city and demanded a stop of student fees. On their way through the town several streets were blocked. An attempt to block the highway was prevented by the police, who were reinforced during the last days.
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