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Protesters Arrested at Regents' Meeting

By Angelica Dongallo
Daily Cal Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Category: News > University > Higher Education

A former Cal student, who goes by Hannumon, protests the UC Regents. He was arrested for attaching himself to double doors with bike locks. Later, protesters watch from a close distance as police load him, face down, onto a stretcher when he resisted arrest by going limp.

SAN FRANCISCO-At least ten people were arrested this morning in connection with demonstrations outside of the UC Board of Regents meeting today at UC San Francisco after they attempted to obstruct entrance to the meeting.

Several of the 70 to 90 demonstrators, who protested outside of the UC San Francisco Mission Bay community center, used bike locks to chain their necks to the doors of the outside of the building, according to UC spokesperson Chris Harrington.

Some of the demonstrators were members of the Coalition to Free the UC, a collective of student groups across five campuses, including UC Berkeley, who said the protest sought to democratize the Board of Regents and make them more accountable to the general university population.

Among the 10 individuals arrested was UC Berkeley senior Matthew Taylor, who said this morning that he locked himself to the entrance of the meeting place in protest of the university's involvement in building nuclear weapons.

"My intention is as much as possible to obstruct the regents' ability to build nuclear weapons," Taylor said, in addition to calling for the cancellation of the campus contract with energy giant BP, the return to their tribes of Native American remains housed at an on-campus museum and the democratization of the Board of Regents, among other things.

UCPD officers from a number of campuses surrounded Taylor before a team of firefighters arrived to force open the lock.

After multiple attempts with increasingly larger tools, the firefighters unlocked Taylor from the door and he was arrested and brought into the building by UCPD to be processed.

The regents' meeting began yesterday and ends tomorrow.

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