UC Students Plan Walkouts to Protest Proposed Tuition Increases

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A student walks past a chalk-written protest against tuition hikes on the wall outside Powell Library at UCLA. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

Students protesting threatened tuition hikes in the University of California system are planning “walkouts” at multiple campuses for noon on Monday, organizers said.

In Berkeley, where the protests began last week with the occupation of Wheeler Hall, students plan to skip classes and march through the streets. They plan to pass by local high schools to highlight the impact that proposed tuition hikes — 5% per year over the next five years — would have on future students.

“This might stop many of them from even applying to Berkeley because it’ll be so expensive,” said Hannah Berkman, a UC Berkeley sophomore from West L.A. who is a spokeswoman for the protesters.

Students at UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis are also planning walkouts on Monday, Berkman said.

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