Occupiers Battle for New Ground: College Campuses

Occupy Colleges starts new wave of protest movement
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2011 4:27 PM CST
Occupy Movement Pitches Camp on College Campuses
Kaelan Holmes sings and plays his guitar at the current new home for the "Occupy Seattle" encampment, at Seattle Central Community College, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – With city police cracking down on Occupiers nationwide, many protesters are looking for a new place to set up camp: university lawns. Occupiers have pitches their tents at only a few schools so far, but several did so at Berkeley this week after some 3,000 people demonstrated against tuition prices. At Duke University, a physics major is hosting Occupy teach-ins in a four-tent bivouac, and Harvard has a highly exclusive 30-tent setup—open only to those with student ID.

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Berkeley is home to a particularly incendiary battle for campus green-space, the New York Times reports. Police supported the school's zero-tolerance policy this week, breaking through a line of Berkeley Occupiers to dismantle tents and arrest demonstrators. Now a national group called Occupy Colleges is asking students to fight back on Tuesday by setting up camp on school grounds across California. “Encampment is one of the most powerful forms of peaceful civil disobedience,” one student says. (Read more Occupy Wall Street stories.)

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