Violent riots as fees are passed

first_img A CAR carrying the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles was attacked by protesters last night, after anger over the vote on tuition fees boiled over into ugly scenes of violence.Police struggled to control the civil disobedience that gripped Whitehall and other parts of London, as demonstrators smashed the windows of the Treasury before attempting to storm the building.Earlier, the coalition forced the controversial reforms through the House of Commons, but was left bruised by the biggest Liberal Democrat rebellion in the party’s history.Twenty-one Liberal Democrats voted against the plans to raise the upper limit on tuition fees to £9,000, while five abstained and three were absent. That means over half of the party’s MPs failed to back the policy, which was authored by Vince Cable, the business secretary and one of the most senior Lib Dems in government. Two Liberal Democrat parliamentary aides resigned to vote against the government, as did a Tory aide. And a handful of Tory backbenchers, including David Davis, joined the rebellion.In total 323 MPs voted for the reforms while 302 voted against, meaning the coalition’s Commons majority was slashed by almost three quarters from 80 or so to 21.As news of the vote reached demonstrators, the initially peaceful protests descended into violent riots. As well as the attacks on the Royal couple and the Treasury, some protesters attacked the National Gallery and the Supreme Court, and attempted to set fire to the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.David Cameron said the violence was “totally unacceptable” and that the “minority of protesters determined to provoke violence” would “face the full force of the law”. Last night, the Metropolitan Police said 12 police officers had been injured, six seriously. Forty-three protesters were taken to hospital, while 26 were arrested.A spokesperson for the Met said: “This has nothing to do with peaceful protest. Students are involved in wanton vandalism, including smashing windows in Oxford and Regent Streets.”Despite pushing the vote through the Commons, there were signs of tension within the coalition last night – even at the highest levels. An aide to Nick Clegg told City A.M. the Conservatives had hindered the Liberal Democrats’ attempts to sell the policy to voters and MPs.“The policy is actually as close to a graduate tax as it’s possible to get, but some Conservatives thought talk of a ‘tax’ would alienate middle England. It was a spectacular misjudgement.” Share More From Our Partners Mark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org Thursday 9 December 2010 9:15 pm whatsapp whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteUndoDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldUndocenter_img Violent riots as fees are passed KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img

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