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Students hold sit-in cuts protest at Surrey college

Students have been staging a sit-in at a university building in Surrey to protest against cuts and the planned rise in tuition fees.

About 30 people occupied part of the University of London's Royal Holloway college, Egham, at 1700 GMT on Tuesday.

The protest is part of action against plans to raise fees in England to up to £9,000 a year and cut budgets.

A Royal Holloway spokesman said on Wednesday morning that about eight students were still demonstrating.

'Angry and upset'

He said as long as the students used the appropriate channels, their protest inside the Founders' building was perfectly valid.

Rustam Majainah, of Royal Holloway Anti Cuts Alliance which organised the protest, said: "The wave of sit-in protests that are sweeping the country are a sign of how angry and upset students are.

"We at Royal Holloway would like full transparency and consultation before any decision to implement cuts in the future is taken.

"Among other demands, we also want guarantees that female staff are not effected disproportionately by the cuts and that there should be a public review of all salaries over £100,000 paid to university staff."

A recent march in London ended with an attack on the Millbank office block, where the Conservative Party is based.

The violence was sparked during a peaceful parade involving about 50,000 students and lecturers protesting against the proposed tuition fees hike and university funding cuts.

The Metropolitan Police has announced an inquiry into the handling of the student march.

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