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U.K. Students Protest Rise In University Fees

MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

NPR's Philip Reeves reports.

(SOUNDBITE OF POLITICAL DEMONSTRATION)

PHILIP REEVES: The main organizer of the march was the National Union of Students, led by its president Aaron Porter.

AARON PORTER: I absolutely condemn the small minority of students and others that have gone off for this splinter demonstration. This was not part of the plan.

REEVES: Opponents to those cuts are now mobilizing. The students are protesting plans to raise university tuition fees by up to three times, to more than $14,000 a year. The government's also cutting teaching budgets by 40 percent.

PORTER: Philip Reeves, NPR News, London. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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Philip Reeves
Philip Reeves is an award-winning international correspondent covering South America. Previously, he served as NPR's correspondent covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.