Monday, December 13, 2010

Police snatch another UK protester

British police have arrested another student protester as part of the crackdown on recent protests against an increase in university tuition fees.

Charlie Gilmour, a 21-year-old Cambridge student and the son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and criminal damage, British media reported on Monday. 

Charlie is accused of climbing the Cenotaph and swinging from a Union flag and attempting to start a fire at the entrance of the Supreme Court during the protests against tuition fees' increase, the reports said. 

On Thursday, lawmakers endorsed a controversial plan to triple university tuition fees in Britain. 

The voting was carried out against a backdrop of violent protests outside Parliament building, around Westminster and all across the UK. 

British police have so far arrested 36 people and medical sources said more than 50 were injured during the protests. 

Gilmour, who is studying history, arrived at the protests on Thursday carrying a red and black flag in one hand and a book in verse in the other. He clambered onto the reinforced barrier protecting Parliament and began reciting Byron and Keats to riot police. 

He then climbed the Cenotaph and swung from the Union flag. Later in the day he was in the vicinity of the Royal car when it was attacked. 

Gilmour was adopted by the Pink Floyd star after Polly Samson, his mother, separated from his father, the poet, Heathcote Williams. She married David Gilmour in 1994 and they have homes in London and West Sussex. 

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