U.K. students protest tuition fee hikes
Thousands of British students protested Wednesday against government plans to triple university tuition fees, and there were sporadic scuffles with police, two weeks after a similar demonstration sparked a small riot.
The Metropolitan Police said two officers were injured in London, including one with a broken arm. Three protesters were arrested.
College and university students across the country held marches and sit-ins to oppose the decision to increase university fees to $14,000 a year, a key plank in the government's deficit-cutting austerity measures.
In central London, the university students and younger pupils in school uniforms marched from Trafalgar Square toward the Houses of Parliament, chanting "no ifs, no buts, no education cuts."
Some climbed on top of bus shelters, while several attacked a parked police van, smashing the windows and scrawling graffiti.
Near Parliament, lines of police guarded the headquarters of the Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dems have drawn particular anger because the party campaigned on a promise to abolish tuition fees, then abandoned it once in power.