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An Occupy Update

By Henry Greenfield
STAFF WRITER

Early in the morning on Nov. 30, LAPD dismantled Occupy Los Angeles camps, arresting over 300 protesters.  Similar raids have occurred in Philadelphia, Oakland, Portland and New York City.  In each city, officials condemned the camps because they considered them dangerous to protesters and people in the vicinity.  Other cities have allowed Occupy protesters to keep their camps; Boston and Washington D.C. are the largest.

In New York City, Occupy Wall Street protesters were cleared from Zuccotti Park at 1 a.m. on Nov. 15. Since then, protesters have been allowed to gather at the park but they are not allowed to set up camps.

Although protesters are no longer able to sleep at the park, Occupy Wall Street is still active.  On Nov. 17, an estimated 30,000 protesters participated in marches across lower Manhattan.

The Occupy movement has also spread to college campuses across the country where there is widespread frustration over tuition increases.  These protests have occasionally led to confrontations with campus security.

On Nov. 18 at UC-Davis, a campus police officer was recorded spraying non-violent student protesters with pepper spray.  UC-Davis administrators have apologized for the incident, stating that the officer acted against school policy.

In New York City on Nov. 21, CUNY-Baruch students gathered outside a board of trustees meeting.  Inside, trustees debated whether or not to increase the annual tuition by $300.  When students disobeyed campus security’s order to disperse, officers charged the protesters, arresting 15 students.  The board of trustees later voted in favor of the tuition increase 15-1.

Both the UC-Davis and CUNY-Baruch incidents can be viewed on YouTube.

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