British students protest tuition fee hikes

November 24, 2010 17:45

LONDON — Several thousand British students protested Wednesday against government plans to triple tuition fees, two weeks after a similar demonstration sparked a small riot.

College and university students across the country held marches and sit-ins to oppose the decision to increase university fees to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) a year, a key plank in the government's deficit-cutting austerity measures.There was a heavy police presence, with hundreds of uniformed officers on duty. Police have admitted they were unprepared for violence that broke out during a Nov. 10 protest by more than 50,000 students in London, when demonstrators stormed the building housing the headquarters of the governing Conservative Party.

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