At least 38 protesters and ten policemen were wounded in clashes in London

At least 38 demonstrators and ten policemen were injured, some seriously, during clashes between students and security forces on Thursday in London after  the deputies voted for the increase in university fees.

According to the most recent balance sheet, ten police officers and 38 protesters were injured, some seriously, while 22 people were detained for assaulting three police officers.

Close to Parliament, the students have tried several times to force the security cordon of police, who responded by hitting several demonstrators with batons. Protesters have tried unsuccessfully to break barriers installed around Parliament. Many projectiles, including rocks and sticks were thrown at police.

The car that traveled  Prince Charles and his wife was attacked Thursday evening in London, demonstrators protesting against increasing university fees, but those two were not injured in the incident.

Thousands of people participate in this event, the fourth protest held in London in less than a month.  Similar action takes place in the province. The police have warned against a repetition of the violence during the recent protests, but organizers have promised a peaceful movement.

In parallel, the House of Commons approved the government project to increase university fees of the ceiling, which would reach from 3290 to 2012 pounds (4,000 euros) to 9,000 pounds a year “in exceptional circumstances.”

Parliamentary debates were lively, liberal Democrats, partners in key governmental coalition with the conservatives, facing an uprising among its members. They promised in the campaign in May that it will oppose any tax hikes, but now relies austerity to justify this change of attitude.

Government project relates only to England, the British education is autonomous, but students fear that the Scottish regional government in Edinburgh will be determined to also increase, enrollment fees. European students studying at British universities and they will be concerned by this growth.

The bill was adopted with 323 votes for and 302 against.

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Posted by M Cosmin on Dec 10 2010. Filed under Featured News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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