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
Angered by proposed education budget cuts, protesters occupy a ledge atop Wheeler Hall at UC Berkeley.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

(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.

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PHILD53
Mar 13, 2011 6:25 AM CDT
When College Students have to dig into their Beer and Weed money, there will be Hell to pay ! That pretty much sums up the whole Story !
parkplace
Mar 4, 2011 9:05 AM CST
Go students! The budget deficit can be fixed easily, if we had different priorities. This is the richest country in the history of the world, by far. Here is what we need to do: 1. restore corporate taxes to prior levels. 50% of major corporations pay almost 0 taxes! 2. repeal Bush tax cuts on the very wealthy 3. Change other taxes to be more fair. Poor people and the middle class pay a MUCH higher share of their income than do the wealthy. Even some millionaires and billionaires agree that this is absurd 3. END the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan! 4. Reduce the military budget
sclemens
Mar 4, 2011 8:26 AM CST
Our national debt exceeds 14 Trillion dollars. That equates to over 48 thousand per person. Each taxpayer in this country owes over 148,000 dollars. The numbers are continuing to skyrocket. The combined federal, state and local debt is now 125% of our gross domestic product. This is a level not seen since the end of world war II. Unlike 1945, much of today's debt is wrapped up in unsustainable entitlements like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Public Employee health and retirement benefits. Cutting government bureacracy equates to nibbling at the edges of the problem. Then we have debt obligations. Those equate to the money represented by the current debt plus the promises made for future entitlement obligations. That number is nearly 79 Trillion dollars. That is equal to the Gross domestic economy of the world. We are Greece on steroids. This debt bomb is going to hit our economy like a tsunami. Our leaders are not going to be bold enough to fix it. Some don't want to fix it. Some wanted to "fundamentally transform this country." They will have succeeded. Unfortunately the enthusiastic hearers of those words never envisioned this. The whining little liberal airheads in Berkeley are protesting the beginning of the cuts. I will watch with sad but morbid curiosity as the reality sets in. CFIT is an apropos acronym. It stands for Controlled Flight Into Terrain. Nobody comes out unscathed. http://www.usdebtclock.org/