Dan Berkely, one of the students present at the clashes, gave this assessment of the experience:
“They were ridiculous protests and became not about politics, but about who could shout louder. That was the problem with the lack of debate in the first place. It was just aggressive people shouting. I’ve never been able to hear their views. All I’m told is, ‘I should be ashamed’ and ‘I’m scum’ and that ‘I’m a murderer’. They don’t know my views and frankly, I don’t know theirs. They never want to sit down and speak. They never want to debate. It’s not politics.”"They don't no my views and frankly, I don't know theirs" - and there's the nub of the problem; something which no amount of shouting will change.