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Wednesday November 09, 2011 07:14:27 PM, Agencies

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Students protesting in central London Wednesday over hiked university fees run the risk of getting shot at by rubber bullets, the police said Tuesday. A police spokesman told Xinhua that rubber bullets and armoured cars   

London: Britain's student protesters started marching from Malet Street in central London, in fresh demonstrations against the government's crackdown on education.

Tens of thousands of students are expected to join the national demonstration, organized by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts to defend education against corporate greed.

Massive crowds of students thronging streets and marching towards the City of London, where they will be joined by electricians, plumbers, engineers and construction workers as well as others from all walks of life, PressTV report based on TV footage said.

Earlier, thousands of construction workers staged a demonstration in an escalating row over pay and skills in the industry. Some minor skirmishes were reported between police and workers but police said they have made no arrests.

Electricians, plumbers and engineers from across the country joined a rally at the site of construction work at Blackfriars Underground station in London.

The Metropolitan Police announced earlier on Tuesday that it has authorized its forces to fire rubber bullets on protesters, and Scotland Yard said its forces have been equipped with baton rounds to launch an all-out crackdown on protesters to prevent a repeat of the unrests that rocked the country in August this year.




 
 

 

 

 

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More than 2.5mn people from all across the world have gathered in Makkah for Haj which starts November 05, 2011 this year. Haj, the fifth pillar of Islam is a religious journey to the House of Allah in Makkah. This is in response to the call of Prophet Abraham when Allah commanded him to call mankind to perform Haj. Haj is the largest gathering of Muslims as about three million Muslims from all over the world meet to worship their Lord. All barriers including language, color, class and race are broken.

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