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London Student Protests: Live Blog
CNBC.com | November 09, 2011 | 12:10 PM EST

This is a live blog of student protests taking place Wednesday in the financial district of London, England, near the London Stock Exchange and St. Paul's Cathedral .

Thousands of students marched through the city's crowded banking district in the latest display of anger against the UK government's austerity measures. Police responded with a massive presence to prevent any repeat of the violence and rioting that has taken place in the city over the last year.

Police, some with riot gear, were transported to the scene by vans fitted with steel grills over their windshields. Officers set up metal and sandbag barricades at the entrance of the London Stock Exchange and around Holborn Viaduct, an avenue protesters are expected to pass near. Some shops and banks along the viaduct had boarded up their windows in advance.

Although some 10,000 people from across Britain were expected to join the demonstration against the Conservative-led coalition government's education policies—especially higher tuition fees—the actual number appears to have been less than that.

Similar protests by students last year led to clashes with police, assaults on public buildings and almost 400 arrests.

The students are separate from the Occupy London Stock Exchange protesters encamped at St. Paul's Cathedral nearby, though they are to be joined by them when they reach the area.

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