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Camden pupils caught up in kettles as violence flares at student demonstration

PUBLISHED: 16:48 09 December 2010 | UPDATED: 11:11 10 December 2010

Some of the protesters lit fires during yesterday's protest.

Some of the protesters lit fires during yesterday's protest.

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SCHOOL PUPILS from Camden have been kettled at the student demonstration against plans to increase tuition fees, as violence flares in central London.

Fatima Rahim, a 16-year-old pupil at Camden School for Girls, has been contained with protesters in Parliament Square.

She told the Ham&High: “It’s quite terrifying. There are fires being started everywhere and people are setting fires to benches.

“Police horses have charged at us and people have been hit left, right and centre by the police.”

She said that “young men”, in particular were causing trouble and provoking police officers.

Other witnesses have described how some protesters have thrown fire works and fire crackers at police, which have frightened police horses.

Up to seven teachers from Acland Burghley School are understood to have joined today’s demonstration, independently of pupils.

MPs are expected to vote at 5.15pm today on whether to increase tuition fees to £9,000 a year. The proposal has caused weeks of unrest in the capital as school children, pupils and teachers have spoken out against the plans.


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