University of California Tuition Hike Protests Brought Several Arrests
University of California recently approved tuition hike and budget cuts which resulted to protests from students and non-students alike bringing almost 100 people arrested.
The university approved a 32% tuition fee increase with the first hike taking effect in January. The undergraduate tuition will rise to $8,373. The second hike will occur next fall raising tuition further to $10,302.
Several students barricaded themselves at a building in the Berkeley campus for more than 11 hours. Campus police entered the compound and arrested the protesters–charging them with trespassing.
Around 100 students made a sit-in at the second floor of Kerr Hall at the Santa Cruz campus. About 52 people were arrested in the Davis campus.
The loudest and largest demonstration occurred in UCLA with some protestors occupying the Campbell Hall for several hours.
Almost 100 were arrested from across the UC campuses during the last two days. The university has 10 campuses all over the state.
University Regents approved the increase in the hopes of reinstating cancelled classes and compensating the lost state-funding of $800 million that resulted in a 2,000 employee lay-off and reduced faculty pays.