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German Students Protest For Funding

At least 100,000 university students participated Thursday in the biggest demonstrations of a weeks-old campaign for more government funding.

Police said some 45,000 students marched through Duesseldorf to the North Rhine Westphalia state parliament where they gathered to air their complaints. Thirty were arrested after they blocked a busy highway.

The students are demanding more money to modernize Germany’s outmoded university buildings, establish more student grants and buy updated textbooks. They also want political assurances that tuition-free higher education will continue.

About 1.8 million students fill German universities designed to take only half as many.