Protesters Face Down Berkeley Riot Cops

Activists win concessions after 7 hours on ledge

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 4, 2011 1:39 AM CST

(Newser) – A tense day of protests against massive budget cuts at UC Berkeley ended with protesters claiming victory. Eight activists who spent seven hours chained together on a fourth-floor ledge as riot police faced off with protesters below came down after reaching an agreement with campus officials, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. As part of the arrangement, university officials have agreed not to punish the students involved and to drop charges against several other protesters arrested over the last year. Officials haven't budged, however, on cuts to the university system.

Angered by proposed education budget cuts, protesters occupy a ledge atop Wheeler Hall at UC Berkeley.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Riot police move onto the steps at Wheeler Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.   (AP Photo/The Oakland Tribune, Doug Oakley)
Eight UC Berkeley students chain themselves together with PVC pipe on a fourth floor ledge on the south side of Wheeler Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.   (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, Doug Oakley)
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