BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - More than 150 people have been jailed in
Oakland, Calif. for forcing a downtown freeway to close.
They had been taking part in an earlier protest against deep
cuts in education funding and tuition hikes. One protester suffered
serious injuries after jumping from the elevated freeway while
officers were making arrests.
The demonstration was part of the March 4th National Day of
Action for Public Education. On campuses across the nation there
were marches, teach-ins and walkouts by thousands of students,
teachers, parents and school employees. The recession has forced
states to make drastic cutbacks.
The Oakland protest wasn't the only one to get out of hand.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police arrested at least 15
people. A university spokesman says some protesters threw punches
and ice chunks.
No serious injuries were reported.
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