Occupy Cal Protesters Set Up Tents At UC Berkeley

BERKELEY (CBS SF) – Occupy Cal protesters have set up seven tents on Sproul Plaza on the University of California at Berkeley campus, according to a spokesman for the group.

Navid Shaghaghi, a senior who is majoring in electrical engineering and computer science, said protesters returned to Sproul Plaza on Thursday to mark the three-month anniversary of a large demonstration on Nov. 9 that resulted in about 40 people being arrested.

“We’re here to re-establish the occupation of our space and to display to the campus community that we haven’t gone away,” Shaghaghi said.

UC Berkeley spokeswoman Claire Holmes said campus police have issued repeated warnings to the protesters that it is a violation of university policy to have tents on campus.

Holmes said police “are continuing to monitor the situation” but haven’t made any arrests or confiscated any tents so far.

In addition to marking the anniversary of the Nov. 9 arrests, Shaghaghi said protesters are back at Sproul Plaza because “not much has changed since last time.”

He said although the UC Board of Regents has postponed tuition increases, students are still worried that tuition will be increased in the near future.

“There’s still a lot of stuff to be worked through,” Shaghaghi said.

He said protesters are in the process of deciding whether to continue their encampment at Sproul Plaza over the weekend or to disband and then return on Monday.

Shaghaghi said about 30 people slept at Sproul Plaza Thursday night.

He said they’ve participated in a variety of activities, including dancing and playing Frisbee, soccer and chess.

“It’s been very exciting and a great community-building event,” Shaghaghi said.

He said Occupy Cal protesters and activists at other campuses across the state will stage large protests the first week of March to ask for more funding for education.

Holmes said university officials understand the protesters’ concerns about tuition costs and are trying to communicate with protesters that they’re working hard to keep tuition costs affordable and point out that about 65 percent of students receive at least some financial aid.

About 40 percent of students have all of their costs paid by financial aid, Holmes said.

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  • lee

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    My dog was poisoned to death, a stolen car was run into the front of my house, gang members are harrassing me, I get death threats, BB guns are being shot at my car when I drive, my car is being tampered with, money and jewelry has been stolen out of my house, several times out cycling corrupt FBI and DEA tried to run me over with their cars and these corrupt DOD employees are using torture as a punishment.
    With very long term harassment and use of torture (sleep deprivation, stress positions, etc) the FBI and DEA are intentionally creating their own terrorists and criminals when evidence of any supposed crime does not support their investigation/harassment of a suspect.
    Typical D.O.J. Investigation except they have been harassing me for 20 years.

  • Milan Moravec

    UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau denies access to Californians to make room for foreign students. UC Berkeley (UCB) pulls back access to instate Californians. Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau displaces Californians qualified for public Cal. with a $50,600 payment from foreign students. And, foreign student tuition is subsidized in the guise of diversity while instate student tuition/fees are doubled.

    Affordability: Birgeneau doubles instate tuition

    UCB is not increasing enrollment. Birgeneau accepts $50,600 foreign students and displaces qualified instate Californians (When depreciation of assets funded by Californians are in foreign and out of state tuition calculations, out of state and foreign tuition is more than $100,000 + and does NOT subsidize instate tuition). Like Coaches, Chancellors Who Do Not Measure-Up Must Go.

    More recently, Chancellor Birgeneau’s campus police deployed violent baton jabs on students protesting Birgeneau’s tuition increases. The sky will not fall when Birgeneau and his $450,000 salary are ousted. Opinions make a difference; email UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

  • Dan

    The police need to get fire hoses and wash these bums down the drain

  • Occupy Your Heart

    I hope you have a son or daughter that stands up in the name of injustice one day. ignorance breeds ignorance. these kids are young, but they know why they are sitting out in the cold of night with no one watching. They know what it feels like to feel like they are the only ones that see the crack in the dam and no one is willing to listen to their warnings.

    Sad little one liner comments like yours make me weep for our society. you’ve never been to those steps and asked them what they know or how they feel (and before you pick it up and throw it back, I DO know how they feel), you’ve likely never taken the time out of your own life to talk to the people in your own neighborhood much less your town, city, state, country, and world… crawl back into your little life and i will hope with all my heart that what you do for a living is not important to someone survival.

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