DAVIS, California – Students set up tents in the Quad at UC Davis on Thursday in response to the police raids and brutality both here, at UC Davis, as well as at UC Berkeley. They have declared their solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet. We even have a mailbox!
Friday, 18 November
4:10pm – The encampment was told to vacate the UC Davis quad by 3pm. However, occupiers refused to move. As of about half an hour ago, around 50 police in riot gear came to remove the camp. Several demonstrators are in zipties. The crowd has allegedly surrounded the police and refused to allow police to leave until they release the ziptied demonstrators. Police have allegedly drawn their batons, and guns [probably pepper bullet guns]; they have also pepper sprayed some demonstrators. It appears police have begun to withdraw from the quad due to the overwhelming crowd refusing to leave. Unfortunately, 10 demonstrators were arrested. Alongside demonstrators, reporters from CBS13 were pepper sprayed, and reporters from the campus paper, the Aggie, were [pushed by police]. See video(s): 1.
(see other video(s): 1.)
4:34pm – Firefighters are on the scene to help treat the maced students. Some have already been treated with baking soda as a part of first aid.
5:50pm – It appears arrested demonstrators will be released from campus police station rather than being sent to jail, organizers are calling for support to stand outside.
7:15pm – At least one of the arrested demonstrators appears to be hospitalized.
Demonstrators held a brief general assembly after the police left to call for a rally on Monday at noon.
Saturday, 19 November
8am – As of last evening, all hospitalized demonstrators are now out of the hospital, and all of the arrested demonstrators have been released.
- Video of a response demonstration to the police brutality and the lack of accountability of the chancellor: a long line of demonstrators sit quietly as the Chancellor walks past them on the way to her car.
- Interview with one of the demonstrators pepper sprayed here.
- Summary of Mrak Occupation (Analysis – Nov 18)
- Communique from UC Decolonized/Occupied (Analysis – Nov18)
- UC Regents postponed their meeting this past week in favor of meeting by teleconference on November 28th.