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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…