BERKELEY -- Occupy Cal members were back at UC Berkeley on Thursday, setting up tents on Sproul Plaza in the same spot where police forcibly removed them last fall.

Five tents went up in the afternoon along with a giant red mushroom sculpture.

Graduate student Shannon Ikebe, 23, said the university has not answered any of the group's demands about stopping tuition hikes and the practice of privatizing university functions. He called a review of police conduct last fall, in which officers were taped beating students during a similar camp out, a sham.

"Nothing has been done," Ikebe said. "We're hoping this action today reignites the movement. This is just the beginning."

Kate Ryan, 22, who was at Sproul Plaza supporting the occupiers, said the university has raised tuition but at the same time has given administrators pay raises, which does not make sense to her.

Those setting up the tents said UC Berkeley police asked them to remove them, but they refused.

UC Berkeley Police Capt. Margo Bennett would not say how the department plans to handle the new encampment, beyond warning the campers.

"We're telling them they don't have permission to have tents on the plaza, it's a violation of campus rules and we asked them to remove the tents," Bennett said.

Doug Oakley covers Berkeley. Contact him at 510-843-1408. Follow him at Twitter.com/douglasoakley.



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