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Live Blog: Protesters March Through Campus Chalking Buildings

By Javier Panzar, Sarah Springfield and Mihir Zaveri
Daily Cal Staff Writers
Friday, November 19, 2010
Category: News > University > Higher Education


True Shields and Sarah Mohamed reporting from the field.



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1:05 p.m.



The group appears to be shrinking to about 20 as protesters head back to campus, walking from Unit 3.



Protesters began to stray off campus at about 12:45 p.m., when they began marching down Telegraph. Some chalked windows of the Bear Basics store at the intersection of Telegraph and Durant avenues.



Upon reaching Unit 3, the group also chalked the residence hall's courtyard and pillars, including Bear Market.



But by about 1:00 p.m., some in the group began saying the protest was formally over for the day, and the remaining protesters are now making their way back to campus, though the crowd has somewhat dispersed.



12:51 p.m.



After protesters marched through the A&E Building and Barrows Hall and briefly amassed on Bancroft Way, the group gathered next to Unit 3.



About 30 police officers are on scene.



According to UCSF Police Chief Pamela Roskowski, the UC Merced student charged for assault with a deadly weapon was released from custody early this morning.



"Criminal charges are pending completion of the criminal investigation by UCSF Police," Roskowski said in an e-mail.



11:55 a.m.



The group of about 40 protesters walked through Sather Gate chanting "Whose university? Our university!" and then entered Sproul Hall from the north side.



One protester holding a banner tried to shut the door behind the group as the protesters entered the hall, but police officers dove in to avoid being locked out.



Protesters then exited the hall and gathered in front of Sproul, continuing to chalk the walls. Protesters said they want those attending the Big Game rally at noon today to see the messages throughout campus today.



"It's an awareness-raising tactic," said Zachary Levenson, a campus graduate student instructor, adding that fee increases and the police presence on campus remain the main reasons for the protest.



The group now stands on the steps of Sproul, once again asking other passing students to join them.



Four deputies from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and five UCPD officers are also located on Sproul.



11:30 a.m.



Forty protesters are marching through campus buildings urging other students to join them in protesting recently approved fee hikes and the actions of the UCPD officer, identified in photos as Officer Kemper, who drew his pistol during a protest outside of Wednesday's regents' meeting.



The group is currently moving toward California Hall, which houses the campus's administration.



Protesters have been tagging "Fire Kemper" and "Disarm UCPD" on the windows and floor of Dwinelle Hall, Sather Gate, Sproul Hall and other campus buildings they pass. Protesters say they are engaging in campus "beautification."



"We can't think of Kemper as a bad egg," said UC Berkeley graduate student Callie Maidhof. "He was paid to be at the meeting with his gun."



Justin Cheong, a senior international student from China who is marching with the group, said though he does not support "beautifying" the campus, he still supports the rights of students.



"People should know that were fighting not just because the UC regents are bad or because of police brutality," Cheong said. "We're fighting for rights for all students instead of just condemning police"



11:00 a.m.



After pausing momentarily at Sather Gate, where protesters chalked about fee hikes on the gate's pillars, protesters have now moved into Dwinelle Hall and are imploring other students to join them.



About five Alameda County Sheriff's deputies are in the hall with the protesters.



10:46 a.m.



According to UCPD Lt. Alex Yao, several Alameda County Sheriff's deputies and guards from ABC Security have been augmenting UCPD officers on campus since Thursday.



"Certainly we are aware of what was going on at the UC San Francisco regents' meeting and what occurred last year during very similar circumstances: the regents were meeting, fees were being voted on, it was Big Game weekend, etc." Yao said.



Almost a year ago today, about 43 students occupied Wheeler Hall after the UC Board of Regents voted to increase student fees by 32 percent. The board also approved an 8 percent fee increase yesterday.



10:36 a.m.



About 40 protesters have gathered on Upper Sproul Plaza.

Protesters are chalking on the columns, steps and the front doors of Sproul Hall in response to fee hikes and an incident that occurred outside the UC Board of Regents meeting Wednesday in which a UCPD officer unholstered his pistol and pointed it at a group of protesters, who had swarmed the officer in a parking garage.

Some protesters are holding signs of which one reads "Open Berkeley/Blockade Cal Hall."

Amy Pyle, a spokesperson for UCSF, said that the officer - who is a member of UC Irvine's police force who was assisting UCPD at the meeting - is under a use of force review, as are the officers who used pepper spray.



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