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October 6, 2011

Boston students protest spiraling education costs

BOSTON — Dozens of Northeastern University students joined a nationwide student walk-out yesterday to support the Occupy Wall Street movements against what they say is corporate control of government and spiraling education costs. About 300 members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association also joined the rally for the first time, with an official saying the move would add resources and lend credibility to the cause.

About 200 drum-playing and chanting students met on campus before joining the Occupy Wall Street movements that have spread to cities around the country, including Boston. Many went to Dewey Square to join the Occupy Boston protest, where members of one of the largest unions also gathered.

James Griffin, a third-year student from North Andover, said the movement inspired him to get involved in a social cause for the first time.

"I understand that the people who control the economy in this country don't always have the best interests of people like me in mind," he said.

Senior international affairs major Andrea Gordillo, of Sarasota, Fla., agreed.

"We're letting inequality build in this country and there's not enough resistance," she said. "There are real bread and butter issues in this country — like the future of Social Security and our parents' retirement — that aren't being taken care of now, and we're the ones who are going to be called on to fix that," she said of her generation.

The students banged on drums made of water jugs and chanted slogans, including "Banks got bailed out, and we got sold out," and "They say cut back, and we say fight back."

One person held a sign that said, "It's We the People, not We the Corporations." Another demonstrator carried a yellow "Don't tread on me" flag with a coiled snake that has been re-popularized by the Tea Party movement.

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