Saturday, November 12, 2011

UCLA & UC Berkeley students joined Occupy Protest

Since the UK students took the storm and protested against the education budget cut and increased tuition fees in London city on November 9, 2011, the American students from UCLA and UC California Berkeley followed and expressed their frustration against the education budget cut and hiked their tuition fees by 81 percent, bringing in-state tuition fees to over $22,000 a year per person. California State University students saw tuition increases imposed just a few weeks before classes began this semester, and after federal financial aid was settled.  The current tuition fees at $22,000 per year applies to Californian students only. Different tuition fees will be imposed to the students from other states of the U.S. and foreign students. To my understanding, the current tuition fees for an international student has increased to $50,000 per year.

According to Mercury News, California's colleges and universities have been hit with massive budget cuts and steep tuition hikes in recent years. University of California tuition fee has risen seven times in the past five years to help offset the state budget cuts by $650 million each from the UC and California State University systems this year. The cuts have led to class cancellations and layoffs in both systems.

UC Berkeley students protested  in front of the university campus on November 9, 2011 (Source: AP / Huffingtonpost)

Riot police hold back protesters as tents are dismantled during Occupy Berkeley protest at UC Berkeley (Source: Karl Mondon /Contra Costa Times/ Los Angeles

Traffic blocked by UCLA students at the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood boulevards on November 9, 2011 (By Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Traffic jam at the intersection of LA downtown (By Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)  

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