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39 arrested at UC Berkeley Occupy encampment

Riot police hold back Occupy protesters as tents are dismantled during a protest Wednesday in Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley

Dozens of protesters were arrested on the campus of UC Berkeley, where university police moved in to break up an Occupy Berkeley encampment.

The student newspaper the Daily Californian reported 39 people had been arrested Wednesday on suspicion of resisting and delaying a police officer in the performance of his or her duties and failure to disperse when given a dispersal order. 

The Daily Californian reported that vice chancellor for student affairs Harry Le Grande told the students earlier in the evening that they could stay overnight in Sproul Plaza but were not permitted to have tents or sleeping bags and could not cook, make fires or sleep. 

PHOTOS: Occupy Berkeley encampment broken up by police

Television news footage from outside the university's main administration building late Wednesday night showed officers pulling people off the steps and nudging others with batons as the crowd chanted, "We are the 99%!" and "Stop beating students!"

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Occupy L.A. campers damaging City Hall grounds, official says

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FULL COVERAGE: Occupy protests in California and around the nation

-- Abby Sewell and Associated Press

Photo: Riot police hold back Occupy protesters as tents are dismantled during a protest Wednesday in Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley. Credit: Karl Mondon / Contra Costa Times 

 
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