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Student march in London to decry cuts and fee-hikes

Student march in London to decry cuts and fee-hikes
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An estimated 10,000 people have marched through London in a protest over tuition fees.

In addition to fees being tripled at some universities, a number of educational institutions are also facing budget cuts leading to a reduction in the numbers of courses available.

The government claims these changes will lead to more competitive universities, which will be more accountable to those who choose to attend. However, students taking part in the protest complained it was privatisation of higher education.

The march route passes by St Paul’s Cathedral where a separate anti-capitalist protest camp has already been set up.

There was a strong police presence at the student demonstration; 4,000 officers oversaw the event after violence broke out at student protests last November and Scotland Yard was criticised.

Ahead of the march, a letter signed by the head of London’s Metropolitan police was sent to anyone arrested at previous protests, warning them against ‘criminal or anti-social behaviour’.