PHOTOS: Students rally against education cuts at Capitol

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Video: Students rally for relief from state budget cuts

  • More than 100 CHP officers in riot gear staged on west steps of Capitol.
  • Protesters occupy the Capitol rotunda.

SACRAMENTO, CA - A few dozen Occupy activists and others held firm in the Capitol rotunda Monday, hours after thousands converged on the state Capitol in protest over budget cuts to education.

PHOTOS: Students, Occupy demonstrators at state capitol

At Monday's march and rally were students from Sacramento State, UC Davis, and UC Santa Cruz as well as other campuses. They want state lawmakers to hear them.

"Education is a human right. We all have the right to go to school," said UC Santa Cruz student Shirley Lavareda.

"So many students are getting cut back," said Edgar Garcia who attends Los Angeles Mission College. "You have to do a lottery just to get into a classroom."

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Occupy activists who've taken on the cause of education were also present. Some at the Capitol are in support of Gov. Brown's proposed ballot initiative which would increase the taxes high-wage earners pay.

Besides the CHP, Sacramento police, Cal Expo and Sacramento County sheriff's mounted officers were evident. At least one person, wearing a mask and a shield, was detained. It appeared he was part of a group yelling obscenities at officers after not being allowed on the grounds of the capitol.

CHP officers x-rayed a backpack left unattended on the northwest corner of the capitol grounds as a precaution. No threat had been made.

Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, D- Sacramento, spoke to the assemblage.

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Last Thursday, college students held rallies, marches, walkouts and teach-ins at about 30 campuses across California.

News10/KXTV and The Associated Press

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