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Students join Occupy San Francisco rally in financial district

November 16, 2011 |  2:18 pm

Students join Occupy San Francisco rally in financial district

Student protesters joined an Occupy San Francisco rally in the city's financial district Wednesday to denounce bank bailouts and to protest tuition increases.

Unions chartered buses to take UC Berkeley students and others to the noon rally, which drew several hundred people to Justin Herman Plaza near the Embarcadero. Nearby were dozens of tents erected by Occupy San Francisco.

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The protest was boisterous but largely orderly and peaceful. Some in the crowd played bongos and drums, while others chanted, "Banks got bailed out; We got sold out!" and "People united will never be defeated."

The California State University Board of Trustees narrowly voted Wednesday to increase annual tuition by 9%, or $500, for next fall. Annual tuition for undergraduates will rise to just under $6,000.

There were numerous police officers on motorcycles, while news helicopters hovered overhead.

Organizers of the demonstration read a list of demands including respect for free speech, repeal of Proposition 209, refunding money spent on higher education, stopping cuts to public education and taxing the rich.

The demonstrators were to march to the state building on Golden Gate Avenue in the Civic Center, where another rally was scheduled to start at 4 p.m.


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Photo: Gino Orlando, a student from UC Merced, carries an American flag as he marches with other students and Occupy San Francisco protesters in the city's financial district.

Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press