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UC Berkeley Police Remove Tents, Protest Continues

By Erika Heidecker (BCN)
Wednesday November 09, 2011 - 11:46:00 PM

Police have dismantled an encampment at the University of California at Berkeley tonight and protesters continue to hold their ground. 

Officers in riot gear forced their way through a crowd of demonstrators who were chanting "peaceful protest" and "Who's university? Our university" at around 9:30 p.m.  

Protesters said more people were arrested tonight in the second confrontation with police. 

Earlier today, at around 3:40 p.m., dozens of police pushed their way through a human chain using their batons and began taking the tents down, leading to scuffles between police and protesters.  

Six people had been arrested as of 7 p.m. and protesters were reporting that some demonstrators were injured during the police raid. 

Shortly before 4 p.m., police withdrew and the protesters quickly reestablished an encampment. 

University officials told the protesters they could use the site as a gathering spot for the week but could not camp out. 

Protesters tonight continue to face off with police who are standing in front of Sproul Hall.