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12/11/2010 6:02pm EST

David GilmourThe son of Pink Floyd rocker David Gilmour has issued a public apology and spoken of his "shame" after he was caught on video climbing atop one of the U.K.'s most important war memorials during a violent student protest in London.

Charlie Gilmour was among thousands of demonstrators who descended upon the British capital's Parliament Square on Thursday to express their anger at lawmakers' decision to raise university tuition fees.

The violent clashes with riot police were captured on camera by TV news crews and, in video footage posted on Telegraph.co.uk, the 21 year old can be seen swinging from a flagpole on the Cenotaph, and is also allegedly heard commanding his fellow protesters to charge "forward, break the lines, forward, unto death."

But Gilmour now regrets his actions and is "mortified" at his behavior, insisting he had no idea the monument he climbed was the Cenotaph, which commemorates Britain's war dead.

He says, "I feel nothing but shame. My intention was not to attack or defile the Cenotaph. Running along with a crowd of people who had just been violently repelled by the police, I got caught up in the spirit of the moment."

The youngster, a history student at the prestigious Cambridge University, is the son of journalist Polly Samson and poet Heathcote Williams. Rocker Gilmour adopted Charlie when he wed Samson in 1994.


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