Protesters have taken over the reference room in the Doe Library on the UC Berkeley campus as part of the ongoing national Day of Action in support of public education.
According to reports from inside the campus as well as in the media, several hundred people are involved and there are calls for a “sit-in.” The UC Police Department is not letting people who are not part of the protest into the library.
The Daily Californian is live blogging events and reports that protesters began to gather around the campus as early as 7.42am today. By midday a rally numbering as many as 1,000 had formed on Upper Sproul Plaza.
Student organizer Ricardo Gomez addressed the crowd saying: “The governor wanted to restore millions of dollars to the universities and his chief of staff said the protests were the deciding factor. But you guys shouldn’t be too happy because they’re getting that money by cutting k-12 education.”
The protesters began to enter the library at 1.22pm after the rally had concluded.