Thousands protest education cuts
March 4, 2010
Demonstrators took to the streets across California on Thursday to protest education funding cuts for high schools and universities. [Los Angeles Times]
In Oakland, 150 marchers were arrested after they blocked a freeway, tying up rush hour traffic near the intersection of 880 and 990.
The California marches were part of a larger national day of protest against higher student fees, teacher layoffs, and reduced class offerings.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state Legislature have claimed that they have no choice but to cut billions from all levels of education in order to close the budget gap.
More than 2,000 marchers rallied at Pershing Square in Los Angeles. At UC Santa Cruz, about 200 picketers blocked access to the campus. Meanwhile, at UC Berkeley, about 150 people blocked Sather Gate, the main pedestrian entrance to campus.