UC Berkeley students protest student fee hike
November 20, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. – University of California Berkeley students protesting a 32 percent increase in student fees have barricaded themselves in part of a campus building.
The demonstrators on Friday occupied Wheeler Hall and hung a sign out of a window that read “32 Percent Hike, 900 layoffs” with the word “Class” crossed out in red. A group of students also rallied outside the building.
Campus police say they’ve arrested three of the demonstrators inside.
About 30 to 50 protesters staged a takeover of Campbell Hall at UCLA on Thursday, as regents met across campus to approve the fee hike. More than 50 students were arrested during protests at UC Davis.
Regents said they had to raise fees because the cash-strapped state government can’t meet the university’s funding needs.