Prince Charles’ car attacked during demonstration

A photographer for the Associated Press saw demonstrators hit the car on Regent Street in the heart of the commercial district of the capital. A window was broken and paint was thrown at the car. The royal couple was not injured.

“We can confirm that their Royal Highnesses’ car was attacked by protesters on the way to their engagement at the London Palladium this evening,” a spokesman for the prince said. “Their Royal Highnesses are unharmed.”

The event occurred while the British capital was the scene of mass demonstrations throughout the day.

Not long ago, British MPs have approved by a narrow majority a controversial provision to increase university tuition fees, amid clashes between police and demonstrators who tried to head the parliament.

The bill, which gives universities the opportunity to triple the fee, was adopted by 323 votes against 302 in the House of Commons.

22 demonstrators and 9 policemen were injured during the incidents, police said, who also announced seven arrests. Small groups of protesters threw flares, billiard balls and spray paint at the Parliament, where some police officers rushed up to further strengthen the security cordon around the building.

Demonstrations were also held across the country, attended by thousands of students. After weeks of sometimes violent protests across the country, students were again mobilized on Thursday in the freezing cold to oppose the proposal, discussed in the context of a drastic plan to cut the budget deficit.

In London, clashes erupted near the Parliament after the event, during which students waved banners saying that “education is not for sale”.