Thousands of students across the United States have taken to the streets in protest against rising tuition fees and the lack of access to education for many.
The protests are the culmination of months of activism in the United State that have seen thousands of students, teachers and students unions mobilise to demand a higher minimum wage, more money for public education, and more affordable childcare.
They have also drawn the attention of US President Donald Trump, who has said he is “unhappy” about protests.
The demonstrations have been widely condemned as an attempt to shut down the US economy and to stop the students from learning.
The students are also calling for greater financial assistance for students in the US, which has been the subject of a recent lawsuit.
Students have been protesting across the US since the beginning of the year and are planning to stage a series of events in the coming weeks, including a march on Washington, DC on October 15.
However, President Trump has called for protests to be peaceful, calling the protests “not peaceful” and urging protesters to “leave the city”.
The protests have been taking place across the country as protests in several states have forced Trump to temporarily cancel a rally in Chicago, the home of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The student protests have also been met with harsh criticism from fellow US presidents and politicians, including President Barack Obama, who said he would not participate in the protests.
“The president is wrong, and I won’t be participating in it,” Trump said on Sunday.
“I’ll be in New York, and the whole country will be watching.”
Protesters have also called for the cancellation of US military missions in the Middle East, calling them a “distraction”.
“I have never had a president so close to my heart as I do right now,” Trump told reporters on Sunday, referring to the protests and his planned trip to Saudi Arabia later this month.
“It’s not going to work.
We’re going to find a way to make it work.”
The protests come at a particularly sensitive time in US politics, with Trump taking office after years of political wrangling.
Trump has been at odds with many of his predecessors, including former presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama.
In the weeks leading up to his inauguration, Trump’s campaign pledged to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but it did not follow through.
On Saturday, Trump also tweeted that he would announce his own policy to reverse the cuts to US foreign aid.
“America is going to save billions of dollars and the United Nations will save lives,” Trump tweeted.