Student tuition fee protest turns violent as Tory headquarters evacuated

-52,000 protest in Westminster over shake-up
-Millbank and Tory HQ overrun by rampaging students
-Rioters warn: ‘This is only the beginning’
-Eight are treated in hospital, with police also injured
-MI5 HQ sealed with officers guarding exits 
-Clegg defends Lib Dem U-turn on hike at PMQs
-Cameron: Rise will mean foreign students pay less

Nicola Boden — Daily Mail

Students went on the rampage today as a huge protest against the coalition’s controversial move to hike tuition fees turned violent.

Around 50,000 students and teachers travelled to London for a march and rally in Westminster against the Government’s plans to raise fees from £3,290-a-year to up to £9,000.

Scotland Yard appeared to have been caught on the hop as the peaceful protest descended into riots shortly after 1pm when many left the planned route and headed to Tory party headquarters.

The building in Millbank and the famous Millbank Tower next door were still overrun tonight, with protesters on the roof and police warning about concrete being hurled over the edge.

Even MI5’s headquarters at nearby Thames House on the other side of the river was sealed off by heavy metal doors, with police on guard at any exits.

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