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Dozens arrested after tuition protests in London

November 11, 2010

An estimated 50,000 students protesting plans to raise tuition fees, stormed the headquarters of Britain's ruling party on Wednesday. At least 51 people have been arrested.

The violence came during a largely peaceful protest by students against government plans to allow universities to increase tuition fees. Students and university staff are protesting government plans to allow universities to charge up to 9,000 pounds (about $14,500) per year in tuition fees -- a substantial rise from the current cap of 3,000 pounds (about $4,800).

The government wants to raise tuition fees and scrap some subsidies for university students as it tries to cut a massive budget deficit.

The students spray-painted anarchy symbols and set off flares before being forced out of the Conservative Party building in London. They broke large windows, painted obscenities on the walls, and later climbed onto the roof and hurled objects down. Some set fires and shot off firecrackers outside the building.

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