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Anti-Wall Street protests planned over UC budget cuts

  • A University of California at Berkeley police officer speaks with a student at the Occupy Cal information booth outside Sproul Hall Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in Berkeley, Calif. Dozens of people were arrested during Occupy demonstrations at the University of California, Berkeley campus, as authorities twice clashed with protesters trying to set up encampments. The bulk of the arrests came Wednesday night, as authorities in riot gear confronted demonstrators. The clashes were the latest friction as authorities in cities around the U.S. try to figure out how to deal with the anti-Wall Street protesters who have been camping out since mid-September. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SAN FRANCISCO — Angry about budget cuts and crackdowns on Occupy camps, protesters plan demonstrations at four University of California campuses where board members will gather by teleconference after worries about violence led to the cancellation of a previous meeting.

The Board of Regents is expected to decide Monday whether to ask the state to increase funding to the 10-campus system to aid the hiring of instructors, increase enrollment and avoid raising tuition. The board will not be voting on a specific tuition proposal.

Charlie Eaton, a UC Berkeley graduate student and organizer of the ReFund California campaign, said protesters "want to open the teleconference to the 99 percent" and "insist that our voices be heard as equals to the millionaires and bankers on the Board of Regents."

The anti-Wall Street group also is calling on banks and the wealthy to pay more taxes to fund higher education.

"We've got to have a conversation about how do we make millionaires and the banks pay" for public higher education in California, Eaton said.

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