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Dutch students clash with police over education cuts

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Dutch students clash with police over education cuts


Police and university students have clashed in The Hague, in Europe’s latest disturbances linked to education cuts.

Following protests in the UK and Italy, anger has erupted in the Netherlands. At least 25 arrests were made as mounted officers were brought in.

Police said students threw eggs, bottles and firecrackers outside parliament.

Earlier, at least 15,000 staged a peaceful protest over the government’s cost-cutting plans. They would mean much higher fees for particularly slow learners who take more than two extra years to finish their degrees.

“I am very disappointed at the whole cabinet actually,” said one demonstrator. “These measures are really bad for people who study in general, those who do second studies or those who study to get a job.”

“I know these measures might have to be taken for education but they are not constructive and will make things harder,” another protester added.

University staff, too, marched to show their displeasure amid fears the cuts could claim 2,500 professors’ and lecturers’ jobs.

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