Thousands Gather For Day Of Protests At Cal Campus

BERKELEY (KCBS) – About 2,000 University of California at Berkeley students, workers and faculty members participated in a rally at Sproul Plaza as part of an Occupy Cal “strike” on campus Tuesday – less than a week after police and protesters clashed on campus.

Occupy Oakland protesters were expected to grow the crowd Tuesday afternoon, as part of a scheduled march from Frank Ogawa Plaza to the campus.

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Occupy Cal protesters were also planning to hold a general assembly, at which they are expected to decide whether to make another attempt to set up an encampment on campus.

An effort to erect a camp last week was met by baton-wielding police. Forty people were arrested, as the university sought to uphold a campus ban on camping.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

UC Berkeley spokeswoman Claire Holmes said Tuesday, “We don’t want a repeat performance of last week.”

She said the university still has a policy of not allowing encampments.

Referring to the goals of the Occupy Cal protesters, Holmes said, “We’ve always supported them and we’re trying to work with them.”

Holmes said there is only a minimal police presence at Sproul Plaza Tuesday afternoon and said, “We hope the day goes well.”

Although the Occupy Cal protesters called for a general strike Tuesday, Holmes said many classes are being held as scheduled. However, she said, many professors were conducting teach-ins outdoors.

Tuesday evening, an annual lecture that honors the memory of Mario Savio, a key member of the 1964 Free Speech Movement that began on campus, was moved to Sproul Plaza from its original location in Pauley Ballroom, which is in the student union across from Sproul Hall.

Robert Reich, professor of public policy at UC Berkeley and former U.S. labor secretary, was set to deliver the annual memorial lecture at 8 p.m. on the steps of Sproul Hall.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau on Monday issued a statement about last week’s protests and granted amnesty to the students arrested for attempting to prevent the removal of the occupation’s tents.

Birgeneau also announced the creation of a review board to assess the police response to the protests.

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  • Hellnothisaintmoscow

    If I found out my kid was planning on occupying a tent while at cal and I was paying his dorm fees I’d go right up there and bring his stupid ass home by the ear sit him down and say 1. the military if they’ll have you, 2. a jc here at home, 3. you can try and get a job without an education or any skills or 4. you start up at Cal again next semester and you go to class and focus on getting your degree and stop playing 1968 flashback you idiot!!

    • tss

      not sure if you are mom or dad but, way to go. I hope you childs education is not effected by the faculties lack of morals.

  • bubba

    Hellnothisaintmoscow hahahaah thats got to be the dumbest thing i ever heard. Obviously you dont have a college aged kid so your comments are worthless, people are allowed to protest conditions, its not a crime and 1968 wasnt the only time it ever happened. It is a legitimate and necessary aspect of a democracy.

  • ridiculous

    Its not a right for higher education! In the USA, we are reqired to go to school from gardes 1-12, unless we take a GED early, or drop out, If these kids think they deserve thier Cal Berkeley Ed. with out hikes. Get a job and pay for it, get a loan and pay for it, or go to community college. I know what I speak, I pay 26K for FIDM for 2 years.

    So, I want my son to go to De La Salle next year, shall I occupy so it doesn’t cost me an more than oublic school??!!??

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