Almost the last place I ever expected this to happen. When you’ve lost UC Berkeley…
Moving quickly to quell a protest on the site where the Free Speech Movement was born, UC Berkeley police in riot gear on Wednesday tore down tents and arrested at least seven people who had established an Occupy Cal camp.
The violent clash was in stark contrast to peaceful speeches about protecting higher education from budget cuts and a short march that started the demonstration in front of Sproul Hall at noon. By 3:30 p.m., protesters linking arms were facing down lines of police officers as the Occupy group tried to protect a handful of tents that had been erected on a lawn in front of the building.
After warning protesters that camping at the university is illegal, officers moved in and shoved demonstrators out of the way as they pushed toward the camp. Six UC Berkeley students and an associate professor were arrested; charges included resisting officers and failing to disperse.
“Stop beating students,” the crowd chanted as officers subdued several people.
“He’s breaking my wrists,” a man shouted before the police officer arresting him cut off his cries with a chokehold.
Monty Python did it first:
Of course, regarding the last lines, we all know violence is inherent in the Occupy movement.
Meanwhile, bravo to the UC Berkeley administration and police for standing up to the modern Vandals, even if they had to invoke an “anti-camping” ordinance to do it.
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)