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Student protesters rally outside Mobile World Congress (photos)

Mobile World Congress and its convention-goers were caught near a protest by university students over spending cuts in education.

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Standing guard at the Fira

A protest by university students closed the entrance of Mobile World Congress Wednesday and choked off physical traffic around the venue.

Here, armed policemen stand guard, preventing anyone--protesters or convention goers--to enter MWC, which is held at the Fira de Barcelona-Montjuic.

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A human barrier

Two rows of heavily armed policemen prevent anyone from entering the Fira.
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Heavily armed

The police aren't messing around, and are fully prepared to meet the protesters.
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The students weren't protesting Microsoft

The protesters happened to be near the neighboring hotel, which played host to Microsoft's Windows exhibit. Fortunately, Microsoft held its Windows 8 consumer preview event offsite.
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A peaceful demonstration

The protesters weren't particularly aggressive, with many quietly standing or sitting around.

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