Following noontime events on Sproul Plaza today that
concluded without incident, a group supporting Palestine
marched to Wheeler Hall and occupied the interior lobby,
affairs officers and campus police warned the group that
they were disrupting an academic building and would face
arrest for trespassing if they did not leave. In addition,
student protesters were told they could face student conduct
charges, including possible suspension, if they did not
leave the building. In all, 78 people were cited and released
for misdemeanor trespassing, according to preliminary reports
from UCPD. Of those, six were also cited for resisting arrest.
In addition one protester bit a police officer and was taken
to Berkeley city jail, where he was arrested for assault
on an officer. Approximately 75 percent of those cited were
UC Berkeley students, according to UCPD.
Robert M. Berdahl said he was pleased that the two scheduled
events held on Sproul Plaza at noon a vigil for Holocaust
victims and a rally in support of Palestine were
conducted in a civil manner. But, he said, he was disappointed
by the later action that disrupted Wheeler Hall, among the
largest classroom buildings on campus.
I said yesterday, it is our responsibility to protect the
rights of all members of the campus community to pursue
their reason for being here the work of teaching,
learning, and research uninterrupted by anyone,"