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Footage: More police brutality at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Protests at Wheeler Hall: November 20, 2009

More from UC Berkeley Protests at Wheeler Hall Front Lines: November 20, 2009

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Democracy Now!: As UC Regents Approve Major Tuition Hike, Students, Faculty Decry Erosion of Public Education in CA and Nationwide

From Democracy Now!: Amid thousands of student protesters and armed police standing guard, the University of California’s Board of Regents has approved a 32 percent increase in student fees. The vote will bring the total cost of a UC education to more than $10,000 per year for the first time.

And what we’re seeing is just basically undergraduate students are subsidizing research, they’re subsidizing administrators, they’re subsidizing things that have nothing to do with undergraduate instruction.Bob Samuels
President, American Federation of Teachers at The University of California

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SWAT team ends occupation at UC Berkeley; 41 arrested

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A SWAT team enters the room barricaded by student protesters in Wheeler Hall on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, effectively ending their protest of a 32 percent increase in tuition and fees handed down by the California Board of Regents in an attempt to solve the state budget crisis.

In case you missed it: UC Berkeley students occupied Wheeler Hall today in protest of the California Board of Regents decision to increase tuition and fees by 32 percent. Their protest was broken up around 5:00 PM PST when, as you can see in the image above, a SWAT team was sent in to remove them from the premises. 41 protesters have been arrested thus far according to UC Berkeley reprentative Dan Mogulof. Here is a link to a very myopic report from CNN that fails to mention the tasering, baton beatings, rubber bullet shootings, broken bones or any of the other violence meted out by University of California Police throughout the day today (some pics after the jump). I have a source who was at the protest at UCLA and I’m working on getting a first-hand report for you ASAP, in addition to some images.

I will also revisit this with some more introspection on the dearth of wisdom in taxing students to pay for what would otherwise be the world’s tenth largest economy. In the meantime, you can follow all the latest developments on my twitter feed. I’ve set up a list just for this topic at Cal Student Uprising and as I find more relevant tweeps, I’ll be updating the list. Now, click “read more” for the pics and I leave you with the chant of the day from the protests:

No Cuts, No Fees, Education Should Be Free!

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