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  Violence hits pupil war protests
Updated 19 March 2003, 16.44
A boy protests against the war in London
Violence has hit anti-war rallies after thousands of children all over the UK walked out of lessons to protest.

The demonstration in Birmingham turned ugly when the crowd started throwing stones and coins and tried to storm the council building.

Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh all saw loads of students put down their books to have their say against the war.

Lots of people were protesting in Birmingham
Lots of people were protesting in Birmingham
Most other demonstrations went peacefully with no trouble.

In Leicester extra police were on duty to try and stop kids leaving school, but dozens of pupils were able to gather in the city centre.

We asked you for your stories from the protests.

Natalie, 14, from Plymouth e-mailed Newsround's website and told us that some of her mates were going to walk out, but teachers locked all the gates.

Fact File
How many protesters?
Birmingham - 5,000
Manchester - 3,000
Sheffield - 1,000
Swansea - 300
14-year-old Lisa said "I wanted to attend the march today, but even with permission of my parents the school would not let me leave."

The Stop The War Coalition is organising a huge demonstration in London on Saturday and hopes tens of thousands of people will come out to protest.

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