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Occupy movement hits UCLA

October 25, 2011 |  2:41 pm

Apparently, the 99% includes university students too.

As of Sunday, the fervor from Occupy Los Angeles and similar movements across the nation trickled down to Westwood where a group of about 20 students began occupying Bruin Plaza in the center of campus.

Occupy UCLA joins a wave of college groups across the nation who have adopted similar protests.

The group’s Facebook page has more than 200 members and lists among its goals informing and engaging students with the Occupy movement.

Protest organizer Joseph Silva said this is an opportunity for students to show solidarity  with other protesters across the country.

"We need to have our own modern global student engagement movement," he said, recalling the student protests in the civil rights era.

As of now, the students do not camp out overnight on campus -- as many have at the Occupy L.A. protest downtown. They have organized meetings and information sessions on campus and in students' private residences through the end of the weekend.

Silva said the group is planning events such as a bank transfer day, during which students move their money from big banks to smaller credit unions, and a "week of action" at the end of November that will protest tuition increases with a campus sit-in.

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