College Campuses Become the Center for Occupy Protests
“As city officials around the country move to disband Occupy Wall Street encampments amid growing concerns over health and public safety, protesters have begun to erect more tents on college campuses.”
- “Occupy Wall Street Protesters Shifting to College Campuses” by Malia Wollan and Elizabeth A. Harris, The New York Times, November 13, 2011
“Occupy Wall Street Protesters Shifting to College Campuses,” an article in the November 14 New York Times, reports that as the Occupy Wall Street protesters are being driven from public parks in many cities across the country, they are setting up camps on college campuses. Perhaps that’s not a big surprise. After all, American students have always been willing to protest social wrongs, and now they are protesting high tuition.
Here are some highlights from the article . . .
- In cities from Salt Lake City to Portland, Oregon, governments are cracking down on Occupy encampments and trying to close them down. That trend could shift the movement onto campuses from coast to coast.
- In the last week, students set up tent camps at Harvard and the University of California, Berkley. They are also cropping up at Duke and other universities.
- Colleges are striving to keep students safe as the protests mount. Harvard, for example, has set up special security stations at the perimeter of Harvard Yard, where students are required to show their ID cards before they can enter.
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