13 arrested during protest at UC Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif.—Authorities say 13 people were arrested at the University of California, Berkeley during a protest against tuition hikes and changes in employee pensions.

The arrests on suspicion of trespassing occurred Friday at a ceremony to mark the opening of a new, $18 million building that will house a center dedicated to fighting global poverty.

The protest included members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees although it’s not clear the people arrested were connected to the union.

The union, which represents UC Berkeley service workers, accuses the university of hypocrisy for opening a center dedicated to global poverty while implementing policies it says are bankrupting local workers and students. University officials dispute those allegations.

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