Twelve UC Students Arrested After Disrupting Yesterday's UC Board of Regents Meeting at UCLA

Photo: <b>Protesters and police</b> clash outside of the UC Board of Regents meeting held at UCLA. Fourteen people were arrested after disrupting the meeting, including 12 UC students.
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Protesters and police clash outside of the UC Board of Regents meeting held at UCLA. Fourteen people were arrested after disrupting the meeting, including 12 UC students.

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LOS ANGELES-Fourteen people were arrested Wednesday at the UC Board of Regents meeting at UCLA, while around 500 students assembled outside Covel Commons to protest the passage of a 32 percent student fee increase by a regents committee.

Those who were arrested during the public comment period and the committee meeting included 12 UC students, according to UCLA police spokesperson Nancy Greenstein. They may be charged or ticketed for misdemeanor offenses.

Members of the public were barred from the meeting following the disruption during the committee meeting. But helmeted police behind a barricade outside the meeting raised batons after protesters began to press against the barricade, according to Greenstein.

Protesters threw hot dogs, water bottles and other objects at police officers, Greenstsein said. She could not confirm reports that some students were Tasered or otherwise injured by police at the scene.

A rally attended by about 200 UCLA and UC Irvine students was held on a nearby plaza. Meanwhile, a teach-in where faculty and students discussed the fee hikes, executive compensation and other systemwide issues related to financial challenges drew approximately 50 people.

UCLA student David Schick, a graduate student instructor from Germany who teaches in the campus's history department, said that the demonstrations were much more low-key than what he would have expected in his native country. Though he said he would join the protesters, he added that the turnout was disappointing.

"In general, it's not so a la mode in Germany," he said. "Such a small number take part, I would have expected people to be really radical."

Many students at the rally said turnout was adequate, though below what organizers from groups such as the solidarity alliance had hoped for. Activists characterized the ongoing three-day strike as aimed not just at fee increases, but also what they called an increasing privatization and lack of transparency within the

university.

Demonstrations on the campus will continue tomorrow with the addition of an expected several hundred students bused down from UC Berkeley and other campuses, who will challenge the full board to vote down the fee increase.


Zach E.J. Williams is the assistant university news editor. Contact him at [email protected]



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