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Cops pepper-spray 30 as Santa Monica students protest fees

Up to 30 people were pepper-sprayed Tuesday by police after students tried to storm a Santa Monica College trustee board meeting in protest over proposed higher course fees. KNBC-TV's Robert Kovacik reports.

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Students protest outside the SMC Board of Trustees meeting at Santa Monica College on April 3, 2012 in Santa Monica, California.

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Santa Monica College officer Sergeant Williams raises his baton to push back students who were trying to rush into the meeting.

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Two women treat a child suffering from the effect of pepper spray outside the meeting.

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Nnaemeka Alozie is hosed off after suffering the effects of pepper spray outside the meeting.

NBC News and msnbc.com staff report — Up to 30 people were pepper-sprayed by police after students tried to storm a Santa Monica College trustee board meeting in protest over proposed higher course fees.

A handful of protesters suffered minor injuries as campus police tried to prevent dozens of students chanting, "Let us in, let us in" and "No cuts, no fees, education should be free," from disrupting the meeting during a public comment period, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Capt. Judah Mitchell of the Santa Monica Fire Department told NBC News that up to 30 people had been sprayed, five of whom sought treatment for the effects of the spray and were transported to nearby hospitals. Read more.