So, what was he talking about?
Take a protest, one whose premise is uncomfortable for the administration -- say, yesterday's protest, with thousands of teenagers from all over London walking out of lessons and marching spontaneously on Westminster to voice their anger at government cuts to education funding that will prevent thousands from attending college and university. Toss in hundreds of police officers with riot shields, batons, dogs, armoured horses and meat wagons, then block the protesters into an area of open space with no toilets, food or shelter, for hours. If anyone tries to leave, shout at them and hit them with sticks. It doesn't sound like much, but it's effective.
I didn't understand quite how bad things had become in this country until I saw armoured cops being deployed against schoolchildren in the middle of Whitehall. These young people joined the protest to defend their right to learn, but in the kettle they are quickly coming to realise that their civil liberties are of less consequence to this government than they had ever imagined The term "kettle" is rather apt, given that penning already-outraged people into a small space tends to make tempers boil and give the police an excuse to turn up the heat, and it doesn't take long for that to happen. When they understand that are being prevented from marching to parliament by three lines of cops and a wall of riot vans, the kids at the front of the protest begin to moan. "It's ridiculous that they won't let us march," says Melissa, 15, who has never been in trouble before. "We can't even vote yet, we should be allowed to have our say."
It seems in my country,(non-school age) people basically take to the street in favor of cuts to education, among other government-led things.
I like how this young person expresses what he means to say about activism and his experience of it. And all for the opportunity to have access to learning. I tend to think education is a priority of civilization as a means to ensure civilization even continues. So I am for it. Put me in the "I hear a kettle whistling, which means tea, which rhymes with 't' and that stands for 'teaching'" category. As in, continued access to and funding for teachers and schools and scholarships, for the benefit of--activist students like this.