Protesters chain themselves on ledge at UC Berkeley

March 3, 2011 7:05:51 PM PST
Baton-wielding police in riot gear are facing off with a growing number of protesters lined up at the University of California, Berkeley where other protesters have chained themselves together on the ledge of a building.

Television video shows hundreds of yelling and chanting demonstrators. The protest Thursday comes after university police said 17 people were arrested late Wednesday after refusing to leave a campus building during a protest against state education cuts.

All 17, including seven students, were cited for trespassing. Police Lt. Alex Yao says three people in the group also were booked at the Berkeley jail on suspicion of obstructing police.

The protest Wednesday was part of a day of action by students around the country opposed to education cuts.