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CUNY Students Beaten, Arrested While Protesting Rate Hikes

A daylong rally by City University of New York students against a planned tuition increase turned turbulent Monday evening when protesters were told they had to leave the lobby of a building at Baruch College where the university’s trustees were meeting and 14 to 15 people were arrested.

A daylong rally by City University of New York students against a planned tuition increase turned turbulent Monday evening when protesters were told they had to leave the lobby of a building at Baruch College where the university’s trustees were meeting and 14 to 15 people were arrested.

The students were pushed to the ground and taken away in handcuffs from the lobby of the college, in Manhattan, while protesting against the proposal for tuition increases, which CUNY’s Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on next Monday.

Via:

"According to Baruch's student paper, The Ticker, the protesters—Students United For A Free CUNY, who are opposed to the tuition hikes—had met at Madison Square Park at 3 p.m. and then went to Baruch around 4 p.m.: "At approximately 5:30 p.m., the protesters rushed through the 25th street entrance, banging on the revolving doors against the resistance of the police. After they entered the lobby, at around 5:45 p.m., the police began to make arrests, a few of which required at least four or five police officers."

"Apparently the campus cops used batons on students who had formed a line. According to CityRoom, "During the fighting, students on higher floors dropped books on the police."

"One Hunter College student told the Daily News that he and over a dozen other students were pushed into a room when campus cops showed up, "I’m an Army veteran. I didn’t serve five years in the military to come here and see civilian people threatened this way. This is a complete disgrace to the ideology behind this country."

A diarist at Daily Kos writes:

GRAMERCY, MANHATTAN Occupiers were protesting at Baruch College, part of the New York CUNY system, over the rising costs in tuition in a school system that provides an education to poor and working class students. There were numerous arrests, and we have been told that a journalist was thrown into a revolving door while telling the NYPD that she was press, showing her press pass.

She works for a major news company.

An ambulance was seen leaving the scene.

No official word on a journalist being injured available yet, will update if new information becomes available.

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