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UP TO 10,000 PROTESTERS CLASH WITH N.Y. CITY POLICE

Fourteen officers were injured when police clashed with students protesting the governor's planned cuts in education spending.

As many as 10,000 demonstrators gathered in the park across from City Hall Thursday afternoon to protest Gov. Pataki's proposal to cut $450 million in spending for state and city universities.

The rally began with speeches, but it turned into a confrontation by 2 p.m., when demonstrators tried to march through lower Manhattan. Police arrested 60 demonstrators.

On and off for more than two hours, police scuffled with protesters trying to break past steel and wooden barricades set up to keep them off the streets. The first students were arrested after a shoving match between marchers and police, who were outfitted in riot gear and carried nightsticks.

Several protesters were thrown to the pavement and handcuffed during a standoff at the corner of Broadway and Chambers Street.

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