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Prince Charles, Camilla Unhurt after London Mob Takes to the Streets over Tuition Hikes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- Angry protestors taking to the streets of London Thursday attacked a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

A Clarence House spokesperson confirmed the attack and said the heir to the throne and his wife were unharmed.

Photos in Britain's Daily Mail show that the car was hit with paintballs.

The royal couple was on their way to a performance of the Royal Variety show, the spokesperson told ABC News.

One witness to the attack on the prince and his wife told the BBC that he saw "a couple of people were kicking the door."

"I didn't see who done the graffiti, I didn't see who smashed the window," the witness said, "but I saw Prince Charles in his car get attacked. It was Prince Charles in the car, it was - I couldn't believe it."

The incident was an example of how heated the protests over tuition hikes have gotten. Protestors Thursday smashed windows, threw flares and tussled with police. The Daily Mail called the protestors "anarchists."

The British newspaper reported that tens of thousands of people were protesting the government's decision to raise the cap on student tuition from 3,290 pounds to 9,000 pounds, or about $14,160.

Pictures of London Thursday showed police officers being yanked off their horses by protestors and emergency workers tending to both injured officers and civilians.

One woman was even photographed swinging from a Union flag.

Much of the protestors' anger was directed at Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who signed a pre-election promise to avoid such hikes.

"I'm here because the Liberal Democrats broke their promise," said 19-year-old college student Shivan David from London's Trafalgar Square. "I don't think education should be free but I do think that tripling fees doesn't make any sense. We are paying more for less."

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School Protests Fill London Streets

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- The streets around the headquarter's of Britain's Tory Party were filled Wednesday with thousands of students, teachers and their supporters, who are protesting the government's plan to raise tuition fees.  Millbank Tower, the Tory headquarters, was evacuated as the crowd surged around the building. Windows were smashed and a bonfire flared up outside the building.

This is the biggest protest so far since the Tory/Liberal Democrat coalition government budget was announced last month.  The left-leaning Liberal Democrats had campaigned on a promise not to raise school fees and now find themselves aligned with the Tories pushing for an increase.

Other budget items are prompting anger, including rail cuts, which led to last week's virtual shutdown of the London Underground.  In a letter to the Times of London Wednesday, retired admirals opposed plans to scrap the United Kingdom's only aircraft carrier and its fleet of Harrier jets.

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