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    CUNY adjunct professor charged after violent protest

    Eric Linsker, a CUNY adjunct professor who taught at Queens College, was arrested on Dec. 14 after a protest and faces a number of charges including assault in the second degree, resisting arrest, rioting in the first degree and unlawful possession of marijuana, authorities said. After joining a separate demonstration at the Brooklyn Bridge, Linsker allegedly attempted to throw a trash can at cops. However, two officers ordered him to stop, which may have led to a struggle. He ran away to escape from custody, but was arrested later at his home, police said. Linsker taught a poetry class last semester through the English department. He is also an adjunct professor at Baruch College and…

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    Increased police presence as Socialist Alternative protests for free education

    On Oct. 17, participants in an anti-debt protest organized by the Socialist Alternative faced the unexpected arrival of security guards and New York Police Department officers who checked for CUNY IDs at the main gate and patrolled the campus. Starting from the Quad — near Powdermaker Hall — protestors walked around campus chanting slogans such as “No loans! No fees! Education should be free,” while being followed by security. By voicing their discontent on student debt, the protestors hoped to get other disgruntled students on their side. “This is a fruitful phase of the struggle. Repression doesn’t stop it, but strengthens it,” said Desmond Lyons, Queens College student and member…