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14 Dec 2010
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British Home Secretary Theresa May said on Monday that student protests in the country over the past month have been "infiltrated by hard-core activists and street gangs."

May told the members of parliament (MPs) in the House of Commons that a series of large-scale demonstrations by students since Nov. 10 had resulted in violence and criminal damage in central London.

She was speaking in the wake of a demonstration on Thursday which saw thousands of police confront over 10,000 protesters outside parliament, and which saw statues defaced, windows of the finance ministry building broken, and fires started.

May said: "It is quite clear that these acts were not perpetrated by a small minority but by a significant...