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UC Berkeley shooting terrifies Occupy protesters, students

UC Berkeley shooting: an armed man at an Occupy Cal protest was shot by UC Berkeley police but the event and the man's intentions cast a shadow over campus life and the protest.

Students and faculty seen outside of Haas School of Business on the campus of UC Berkeley, Tuesday. A man with a gun was shot by police Tuesday inside the campus building.

Jeff Chiu/AP

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Anti-Wall Street activists began rebuilding their tent encampment on the steps of the University of California, Berkeley, student plaza Tuesday night after a day of demonstrations that were disrupted by a campus shooting.

The shooting occurred inside the Haas School of Business as thousands of protesters gathered on campus for a general strike and demonstrations against big banks and education cuts.

Officials did not know if the suspect was part of the Occupy Cal movement, said Ute Frey, a spokeswoman for the university.

"I just hope it wasn't from the protest or the movement, because that's not what the movement is about," said Sadia Saif, a 19-year-old UC Berkeley sophomore.

The shooting didn't prevent some 2,000 students and demonstrators from gathering at the university's Sproul Hall to vote on a list of demands and await a speech about class warfare by UC Berkeley professor and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

Reich was giving the Mario Savio lecture, named for the political activist and leader of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement of the 1960s. Savio's impassioned speeches on the same steps of Sproul Hall against the Vietnam War and racial inequality prompted thousands of students to join the movement.

Protesters cheered as at least 10 tents were constructed on the steps, less than a week after baton-wielding police clashed with people who tried to defy a campus ban on camping.

The Occupy Cal students were joined by hundreds of Occupy Oakland demonstrators who marched the five miles from Oakland to Berkeley along Telegraph Avenue, chanting, "Here comes Oakland!" Police cleared their tent city outside Oakland City Hall on Monday amid complaints about safety and sanitation, and arrested more than 50 people.

Occupy Cal's general assembly voted in favor of inviting the university's chancellor and board of regents to a debate in early December and sending the educational officials a list of demands, including a tuition rollback to 2009 levels.


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