Deaf students occupy in Washington DC

Deaf students are demonstrating across North America in solidarity with students occupying Gallaudet University, Washington DC (the world's only deaf university).

Submitted by Red Marriott on October 19, 2006

Protests began 2 weeks ago, in response to a much disliked incoming president - students shut down the school by blocking all entrances for three days and occupying a university building. Then last Friday more than 130 deaf students were arrested when police stormed the occupation. Police stated that these were the biggest mass arrests in Washington D.C. since the 1960s.

The occupation continues, and other deaf people are showing support by setting up deaf 'tent cities' like the one at Gallaudet - there are over 50 of these now across America and Canada.

The incoming president has said "What we are dealing with on campus is anarchy and terrorism". Spirits are high among the occupiers.

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