US students protest fee hikes

US students protest fee hikes

A UC Berkeley student climbs on a street light during a march against funding cuts and tuition hikes. AFP

More than 100 such events in more than 30 states were scheduled for a “Day of Action” in support of public education, prompted by tuition hikes and programme cuts that reflect financial problems affecting nearly every US state.

Weakening of the education system is considered especially severe in California, one of the states hardest hit by the recession. Protests were largely peaceful, although Oakland police arrested about 150 people after protesters climbed onto a San Francisco Bay area freeway during the afternoon commute, shutting it down for about an hour, police said.

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