Protests against new fee hikes being met with violence

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SAN FRANCISCO, California – As of 8:45am (Wednesday), 200 students are blocking entrances to the William J. Rutter building at the UCSF Mission Bay campus, where the Regents are scheduled to meet.  On the agenda today and tomorrow are another 8% fee increase and a move to change “fees” back to “tuition,” which was formally prohibited under the California Master Plan.

Cops have reportedly donned riot gear and have begun to arbitrarily charge and assault the student pickets.  Already, 2 UC Berkeley students have been arrested for unknown charges.

This also follows last night’sShare photos on twitter with Twitpic news of an agreement between the UC and UAW Local 2865, the union representing Teaching Assistants, Graduate Student Employees, and Academic Student Employees.  Following 5 months of bad faith and illegal bargaining practices from the UC, unfair labor practices, stalling, walking away from the table, lying, and refusal to concede anything, the UAW bargaining team has accepted UC’s original proposal on wages, employment notification, and summer childcare in exchange for a minor concession on childcare reimbursement.  If the contract is ratified by the membership, TAs will receive subinflation wage increases of 2% a year locked in for the next 3 years.

UPDATES:

Share photos on twitter with Twitpic8:55am: There was a confrontation between students and police in the parking garage.  Many of the Regents have been able to enter, smiling as they watch cops hit students.

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9:15am: Reports that students and workers have pushed through the police barricades and are storming the building.  Several students are badly hurt from police attacks and some have been maced.  More arrests, 5 total: 3 Berkeley, 1 Santa Cruz, 1 Davis.

9:20am: Confirmed: students are inside the building!

9:30am: Police are indiscriminately pepper spraying students.  Police have put masks on.

9:45am: Daily Cal reports that Berkeley student government Vice President Ricardo Gomez was among those pepper sprayed by police.

10:00am: Cop has reportedly just drawn his gun or taser on students!  Students chanting “Take his gun!”  More arrests have been reported, numbers and reasons unknown.  Police putting up more barricades.  Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau and Riverside Chancellor White are currently speaking to the Regents in favor of fee hikes.

10:15am: Student numbers now over 300.  Police becoming increasingly aggressive violent.  Reports of a large number of arrests and even more injured, but numbers still unknown.  The Regents are currently discussing increasing out of state enrollment.

10:30am: Confirmation that 8 students have been arrested, including Berkeley student government VP Ricardo Gomez (previously reported as peppersprayed). Twitter post: “Officer KEMPER pulled a gun on student protesters he holstered in for a minute and pulled it again aiming at students.”

11:00am: Arrested protesters being cited and released at 15th and Fulton in the city.

12:00pm: UC spokesperson has said 16 were arrested.

5 Responses to “Protests against new fee hikes being met with violence”

  1. Rebel 2 Says:

    we´re turning on the radio for you…

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  4. Reality Check Says:

    I viewed the video of the cop responding to being rushed by protesters and his baton taken away by them before he pulled his gun, while outnumbered 60 to 1.

    …based on that video, can I therefore assume that when you say the fee increases were met with violence that you’re referring to the protesters.

    Great cause, worthy cause. Great tactics and presence by 99% of the protesters. That one idiot blew it up. Mad Gold STAR to the protester in the video who defused the situation. THAT is how you run a protest if your intent is to have results as opposed to just engaging in masturbatory violence. That dude rocked.

    • mtd Says:

      http://www.ktvu.com/news/25827024/detail.html

      If you watch the video, he’s beating people with the baton and it flies out of his hand, at which point he immediately grabs his gun. UCOP propaganda officers have been claiming students stole his baton and began hitting him with it, which prompted his rhino charge and pulling the gun. But after he turns and faces the students with the baton under his foot. To top it off, he then walks over to where he was and arbitrarily shoves a female student.

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