UC Berkeley students take over building
Reposted from SF Chronicle.
(11-20) 08:59 PST BERKELEY --
UC Berkeley students took over a campus building in protest this morning, a day after the University of California regents voted to raise tuition by 32 percent.
An undetermined number of protesters barricaded themselves at about 6 a.m. inside Wheeler Hall, which houses the English department.
Several demonstrators wearing bandannas opened a window, displayed a sign reading "32% Hike, 900 layoffs" with the word "Class" crossed out in red. They used a bullhorn to denounce the regents' decision and to rally support from a group of students chanting outside.
University and Berkeley police cordoned off the building, located just north of Sather Gate, with yellow police tape.
At the UC regents' meeting Thursday in Los Angeles, the board voted 20-1 to raise undergraduate tuition from $7,788 to $10,302 next fall. Students will see a midyear increase of 15 percent starting in January.
On Thursday, UC Berkeley student protesters dumped trash outside California Hall, which houses university administration offices.