PORTLAND, Maine — Members of Occupy Maine gathered in Monument Square Wednesday to recognize what student protesters across the country called “Trillion-dollar Day,” as student debt in America reached the 10-digit mark. The occupiers — who as a group have remained active since the city-ordered dispersal of their 4-month-old tent community in Lincoln Park in early February — blamed the growing student debt bubble on skyrocketing tuition costs and “predatory” lenders. “Some people in my parents’ generation don’t understand why we can’t just ‘get jobs and pay for it,’ but tuition rates since 1979 have gone up by more than 800 percent,” (read more at Bangor Daily News)
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