Students, police clash as UK approves tuition hike

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December 9, 2010 20:20

 
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LONDON — British lawmakers have approved a controversial plan to triple university tuition fees with a narrow margin as some government legislators rebelled amid violent protests outside Parliament.

The plan to raise the cap on tuition fees to 9,000 pounds ($14,000) was approved, 323-302, a small margin given the government's 80-set majority.

Outside, police with riot shields and batons tussled with angry student protesters near Parliament.

Many in the crowd booed when they heard the result of the vote.

Earlier small groups of protesters threw flares, billiard balls and paint bombs, and officers, some on horses, rushed to reinforce the security cordon. Police said 13 protesters and four officers were injured in the fracas, while seven people were arrested.

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