Tens of Thousands of UK Students Protest Fee Hike

It's the second mass demonstration in two weeks
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2010 5:01 PM CST
Tens of Thousands of UK Students Protest Fee Hike
Police remove a protester in central London.   (AP Photo/Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

(Newser) – Tens of thousands of UK students again took to the streets of London to protest planned higher fees coupled with education cuts. It's the second mass demonstration in recent weeks. The only major violence was reported in Trafalgar Square, where a crowd smashed windows of shops, buses, and an unattended police van. At least 29 protesters were arrested, and two officers were injured, including one with a broken arm, reports AP.

The education chief asked the UK media not to give protesters the "oxygen of publicity," which the Guardian notes echoed Margaret Thatcher's plea in the 1980s regarding coverage of the IRA. Said deputy prime minister Nick Clegg of how it feels to be burned in effigy: "I'm developing a thick skin."
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