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Protesters: Two members of National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts
Target: The Government
Location: Buckingham Palace, London
Date: 12 January

The lowdown

The latest confrontational action against tuition fees saw two student protesters arrested last Wednesday for trying to enter Buckingham Palace carrying banners bearing political slogans.

The two men, aged 20 and 26, were arrested by Scotland Yard officers as they apparently tried to talk their way inside. They had travelled to the capital ahead of a meeting of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.

- Why the protests?

Protests against the decision to increase tuition fees are showing no sign of abating, and the police have begun preparations to deal with a fresh wave of protests later this month. The news came as Edward Woollard was jailed for two years and eight months for throwing a fire extinguisher from the roof of Conservative Party HQ during December's riots.

- How did the Government respond?

The Government stands by its tuition fees policies, but made no comment on the latest arrests.

- Media treatment

The story was extensively reported in the media, including many national newspapers. The press' interest in the story follows the student rioters' attack on a car carrying Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall last month.

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