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

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. (More higher education stories.)

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