UK students protest fee hike, attack police van
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 00:40
London: Demonstrators attacked a police van in central London Wednesday as thousands of university and school children took to the streets across Britain to protest against major funding cuts that will see their annual fees rise three times for degree courses.

The David Cameron government recently announced cuts worth nearly 4 billion pounds to the university sector, sparking protests from academics and students.

Today, a student mob attacked a police van in central London as thousands of students and schoolchildren marched past ministry buildings in Whitehall towards the Houses of Parliament.

A group of masked young men attacked a police van parked in the middle of the street in London and covered it with graffiti.

Later, the mob rocked it from side to side trying to overturn it, smashed the front windscreen, pulled off the wing mirrors and jumped on top of its roof.

Some demonstrators hanged an effigy of Lib Dem leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.

Similar protests were reported from Bristol, Sheffield, Bournemouth, Oxford, Cambridge and Cardiff and Glasgow, among others.

The Conservative party headquarters in London was attacked during a major demonstration in London earlier this month.

The students wrote a letter to Clegg a letter today, reading: "We call on you to withdraw Lib Dem support for Conservative cuts to our education system, or face the disappointment and anger of a generation that has been betrayed."


First Published: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 00:40

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