UPDATE: Tuition hike protesters attack car carrying Prince Charles, Camilla

London (CNN) — Protesters enraged by a Parliament vote to triple university tuition rate caps, attacked a car carrying Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Thursday night.

The demonstrators broke a window and tossed paint on the car, however neither royal family member was injured in the attack.

‘We can confirm that their Royal Highnesses’ car was attacked by protesters on the way to their engagement at the London Palladium this evening,” a spokesman for the prince said. “Their Royal Highnesses are unharmed.”

The high-profile incident came late in day of violent protests that left at least 10 officers and 38 demonstrators hurt.

The attack followed a vote in the House of Commons to approve a plan to raise the existing cap on tuition rates charged by universities from £3,000 to £9,000. In U.S. dollars, that’s a nearly $10,000 increase — from roughly $4,700 to $14,000. Lawmakers approved the plan in a 323-302 vote.


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  1. anywayy
    December 10, 2010

    the tuition fees for international students wont be altered as much as they want to continue to welcome international students in. they actualy bring more money …and now…they have a greater chance of gettin in than before..because they pay more…so international students are not so much affected as those who are permanent residents in the UK

    • get real....
      December 12, 2010

      who tell you that? what’s so special about international students, that their fees won’t be affected too? that’s the whole idea of the fees going up to avoid lower class students attending uni, i feel this new cap is aimed for the rich & wealthy…….

  2. urban maroon
    December 10, 2010

    With forty million dollars being spent on a ROYAL WEEDING what else do we expect.
    Money that could be spent on education. the same thing exist in Dominica. Twenty seven million dollars to be spent on a Presidential MALICE/PALACE while our National Library looks like a
    PIG PEN..old,untidy,neglected and an antiquated RELIC

    December 10, 2010

    Education for the rich only. £9K is a lot of money for the working class. 8 years ago we paid £2500 per year for our daughter. In my time it cost next to nothing, your biggest expense was your books and the cost of living

    £36K for a four year course, and they haven’t taken lodgings, books, food etc into consideration. The average student will leave uni with a debt of at least £50K (200K ECD). Some will now be saying whats the point. So they’ll join the unemployed or end up doing jobs they hate or hanging around the streets.

    For those who are considering going to England to study, find out how this affects you, as they are sure to raise fees for foreign students. Also consider other parts of the UK like Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as the fees there are considerably lower, but be warned, it is MUCH colder there than England.

  4. REBEL!!!...With a cause.
    December 9, 2010

    At the very least , these students and protesters are taking a stand for what they believe are unfair and unjust practices by Govt. So they are doing something about it.
    In a democracy, People have a constitutional right to petition their Govt. And they can do so, my rallies, marches, and yes, protests.
    These are ways in which people voice their disatisfaction with their Govt. It just so happens that these events are not always peaceful. Situation tends to get out of hand, and sometimes people break the Law.

  5. Curious C
    December 9, 2010

    So only the rich will have higher education

  6. MangoSweet
    December 9, 2010

    If the university admins are asking for a 9,000 pounds sterling increase, exactly how mich of a hike would it be for international students?

  7. Lady M
    December 9, 2010

    Hmm now this is very intriguing…ages ago they wanted to increase the fees. Students currently pay high tuition fees, with such an increase this will most certainly rub students of a university space. This will definitely us international students as well. We are already highly charged. This is an outrage!!!

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