UC Regents Call Off Meeting; Campuses Set For Protest

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College campuses around California are scheduled to erupt in protest today through Thursday, as anger at tuition increases and sympathy with an embattled faculty union combine with the spirit of the ongoing Occupy movement.

In a highly unusual move, the University of California canceled its governing board's meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in San Francisco out of fear that protests there could turn violent. A spokesman said it had been decades since the UC system canceled a regents meeting because of such concerns.

"It wasn't because of the protest, it was because of the threats of violence and vandalism by some rogue elements," said UC spokesman Steve Montiel.

The cancellation of the meeting angered groups that had planned to protest, but they pledged to carry on at other locations.

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