Education rally near CSUN leads to several arrests

Protesters and police clashed near the California State University Northridge campus today, leading to several arrests after hundreds of students rallied as part of a nationwide protest against education cuts.

A CSUN professor and six students were arrested in a confrontation with police officers, says university spokesman Vance Peterson.

Peterson said a group of about 25 people marched into an intersection at Reseda Boulevard and Prairie Avenue and sat down, blocking traffic late Thursday afternoon.

He says between four and six people, including a university faculty member, were taken into custody when police asked them to disperse and they refused.

Reseda Boulevard was closed to traffic on both sides of the CSUN campus, ABC7 reported.

The protest was part of a nationwide "Day of Action" that gathered students, teachers and supporters who railed against budget cuts to education. Protesters also gathered at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles before heading to the nearby Ronald Reagan State Building.

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