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lr - Latvia | 16/11/2010

British student protests a good start

British students have been demonstrating in London in the past few weeks against a drastic raise in university tuition fees. The online paper Ir criticises the episodes of violence in their protests but can understand their dissatisfaction: "Is outcry better than silence? Will destroying a party office help less well-off students get a university education without taking out massive loans? These are rhetorical questions, but at least the demonstrators have attracted attention and expressed their anger with the new government. The liberal democratic Deputy Prime Minister had promised during the election campaign that he would fight against higher tuition fees. Now he has become the target of the protests, and the riots have become the strongest ammunition for the opposition. ... The only result of the eruptions of violence so far has been that measures have been taken to prevent an escalation. The demonstrators and Labour may chalk this up as a victory but it is to be hoped that the thrust of the protests takes the right direction in the future, too."

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