Britain's coalition government voted in favour of raising the cap on university tuition fees to up to £9,000 a year Thursday, triple the current limit, as police clashed with protesters in London.
Britain's parliament voted in favor of increasing fees paid by university students on Thursday, despite a fracture in the coalition government and another day of clashes between police and protesting youth in London.
Students and academics were again out in force on London’s streets Thursday. After the
Susan Nash, vice president of the National Union of Students, speaks to FRANCE 24
mass protests in November, youth from across the country converged on the capital to protest the government’s plans to drastically increase university tuition fees.
Confrontations between police and protesters led to chaotic scenes in Parliament square. Police said 22 people were arrested, while 38 protesters and 10 police were injured on Thursday. Demonstrations continued after the result of the vote was announced, with police attempting to clear Parliament square in the early evening.
A car carrying Prince Charles and his wife Camilla was attacked by protesters along Regent street. "We can confirm that Their Royal Highnesses' car was attacked by protesters on the way to their engagement at the London Palladium this evening, but Their Royal Highnesses are unharmed," a spokesman for the prince said.
Protesters are unhappy with a rise in the cost of university schooling, today capped at £3,290 pounds per year (about €4,000). The reform approved by MPs seeks to raise the tuition limit to £9,000 pounds.
"Many young people feel betrayed because many of them voted for Nick Clegg, who promised not to raise tuitions," said Pickard. She predicted that the student movement against the reform will continue despite the vote.
Date created : 2010-12-09