Live Blog: About 60 Protesters Lock Selves in Wheeler Hall

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Strike, Day Three Part Two: Wheeler Occupation Raw Footage

About 60 protesters occupy Wheeler Hall. The picketers rally around Wheeler Hall as the strike against the fee increase escalates.



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Strike, Day Three Part One: Wheeler Occupation Raw Footage

The picketers rally around Wheeler Hall. The police get involved as a couple of strikers refuse to move from their spot.



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Strike, Day Three Part Three: Wheeler Occupation Raw Footage

Here, the protesters inside of Wheeler Hall address the crowds outside.



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Strike, Day Three Part Four: Wheeler Occupation Raw Footage

As the afternoon passes, protestors still occupy Wheeler Hall and supporters still rally outside.






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This is a live-blog of the Daily Cal's updates about Friday's protests. To see a full article, click here. If the main Daily Cal Web site does not load, check the Daily Cal's Twitter or blog.dailycal.org/news for updates.

This is a live-blog of the Daily Cal's updates about Friday's protests. To see a full article, click here. If the main Daily Cal Web site does not load, check the Daily Cal's Twitter or blog.dailycal.org/news for updates.

4:42 p.m.

13 police officers are between South Hall and the Campanile. At least two of them have weapons.

4:25 p.m.

Just about 10 people walk out including Mitch Celaya, chief of UCPD, Jonathan Poullard, and Senator Cynthia Nava

4:10 p.m.

Dean of Students Jonathan Poullard entered Wheeler.

4:03 p.m.

People from outside Wheeler were throwing bagels and bananas to the protesters inside the building

3:25 p.m.

One of protesters inside is imploring people through the megaphone, "Please do not leave" as the crowd thins.

3:19 p.m.

Protesters inside the building demand negotiations to be conducted publicly on the west side of Wheeler

3:06 p.m.

Jonathan Poullard and ASUC Executives Will Smelko, Tu Tran, and Dani Haber are speaking to the crowd.

2:56 p.m.

George Lakoff said protesters will be escorted out by UCPD and only cited for trespassing. Ananya Roy will observe.

2:40 p.m.

Protesters are chanting "Where's our Chancellor? In his mansion!"

2:26 p.m.

"The priority is to stabilize the situation outside," said UCB spokesperson Janet Gilmore

2:25 p.m.

Fire alarms have gone off in LeConte Hall.

2:12 p.m.

Protesters inside the building are throwing paper planes outside of the window

2:11 p.m.

Officers in riot gear and BPD just formed a line in front of west side of Wheeler and 200-300 students are rushing the lawn.

2:03 p.m.

New protest demands include maintaining current occupants of Bear's Lair, renewing Rochdale co-op's lease.

1:49 p.m.

A Native American group arrived in front of Wheeler and voiced support to the protesters, some of whom are leaning out a window.

1:45 p.m.

Zachary RunningWolf and Erik "Ayr" Eisenberg of tree sit fame are both at protest.

1:37 p.m.

Sgt. JD Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said the agency was sending about 25 special response unit officers as requested by UCPD for crowd control

1:35 p.m.

Political science professor Wendy Brown on a megaphone in front of Wheeler: "We are totally in support of this cause... it's our university." Her comment saying police are there to keep the peace was met with boos.

1:33 p.m.

Professor Peter Glazer took the megaphone to tell students to keep the protest nonviolent

1:24 p.m.

Organizers say people inside Wheeler are being arrested- protesters outside are trying to form a barricade around the building.

1:23 p.m.

Officers with Alameda County Sheriffs have arrived in front of Wheeler. Police are donning riot gear with face shields down.

1:18 p.m.

Protesters, police pushing against each other at a barrier on southwest side of Wheeler. Protesters are chanting "shame on you."

11:25 a.m.

Most of the classes that evacuated Moffitt Library were cancelled or have been moved off campus.

11:18 a.m.

The fire alarms at several campus buildings-Dwinelle Hall, Barrows Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Moffitt Library and Valley Life Sciences-went off within the last hour, causing hundreds of students to evacuate the building.

Staff at Moffitt Library said people cannot reenter the building until the Berkeley Fire Department arrives and assesses the situation.

10:30 a.m.

The fire alarm in Dwinelle Hall went off, forcing hundreds of students, staff and faculty to evacuate the building. Many protesters walked over from the demonstration and attempted to convince evacuating students to join the protest.

10:17 a.m.

Chancellor Robert Birgeneau sent out a campuswide e-mail alerting staff, faculty and students about the occupation of the second floor room of Wheeler Hall and the subsequent closure of the building until further notice.

"The campus police are working to resolve a protest action that is occurring in

Wheeler Hall," he said in the e-mail. "Employees who can contact their supervisors should talk to them if possible to determine whether telecommuting or relocation to another work area is an option. Those in the building right now are advised to leave until the situation has been resolved."

9:48 a.m.

At least 8 Berkeley police cruisers are at the scene with officers from the department handling the protest.

9:35 a.m.

Protesters are still holding on to their position in the second story room, with intermittent appearances at the window by a masked man who is shouting anti-police messages to the sit-down picket line below.

Some students are still trying to cross the picket line

"I'm pretty confused," said Dan Brown, a UC Berkeley freshman. "I understand where the protesters are coming from, but if I don't have a class, free day off."

9:25 a.m.

"There about 60 of us grads and undergrads, cops are breaking down doors, locked down since 5am," said one protestor via text message.

8:59 a.m.

Police are using a crowbar to open the door, according to protesters inside.

8:50 a.m.

Protesters have taken over at least one room on the West side of Wheeler Hall. UCPD officers have surrounded the building, and some are inside.

Protesters were yelling out the window of the building with a banner hanging from it.

At least 30 protesters are sitting behind a banner that says "Solidarity" and "shut down UCPD" blocking the path between Durant Hall and Wheeler Hall. Because of construction, the block is forcing pedestrians to walk around Dwinelle Hall or Wheeler Hall in order to pass across to the north or south sides of campus.

The walkways around Wheeler are almost completely blocked off by UCPD and caution tape.

According to witnesses, at least one person has been arrested in connection with the protest.

"I think it's great ... there's not a lot of people fighting the power," said onlooker and Berkeley resident Lou Brown.

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