Scuffles broke out and objects were thrown at police as about 5,000 students marched through central London Wednesday to protest against a rise in fees for higher education, Reuters reported.
A small group broke away and broke through temporary barriers to confront police outside Parliament.
“Various missiles were thrown at the officers,” police said in a statement. Three officers suffered minor injuries. By mid-afternoon there had been no arrests.
The breakaway group later attacked a nearby coffee shop and threw chairs from another restaurant at police, witnesses said.
Wednesday’s march was the first mass protest by students in the British capital in three years.
Students are angry at the British government’s decision to hike tuition fees, and they have been joined by other protesters unhappy with spending cuts.
“Today we are marching through London in what is likely to be the biggest demonstration in several years,” the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts said on its website.
“We could well be on the verge of a new wave of student activism.”
Students were also planning walkouts and occupations of campus buildings.
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