Davis Protestors Arrested on Campus. [video link]
On November 18th 2011, 10 people were arrested and dozens were pepper sprayed by UC police in riot gear seeking to dismantle the Occupy UC Davis encampment and remove protestors from the quad. Davis Protestors Arrested on Campus.
Chancellor Katehi has issued an open letter following the events. Occupy supporters have vowed to return and continue their occupation in the upcoming days.
Reported By: Ani Ucar and Hinano Akiyama | Filmed and Edited By: Somitra Butalia, Todd Kaiser, Stephen McKone, Spencer Harris, Tim Kerbavaz |
For more information: http://davis.patch.com/articles/occupy-uc-davis#youtube_video-8488982.
Open letter from Chancellor Katehi: http://blog.keithbradnam.com/email-from-chancellor-katehi.
Raw Footage – UC Davis Protestors Pepper Sprayed [video link]
Katehi Press Conference [video link]
A press conference with UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, Vice Chancellor Fred Wood, and UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza was scheduled to be held Friday, November 19, at 4 PM. However, the press conference was cut short when hundreds of protestors made their way into the building. They moved outside and circled Surge II for approximately three hours, until a representative of the protestors arranged for Chancellor Katehi’s exit.
Reported By: Ani Ucar and Hinano Akiyama | Filmed By: Spencer Harris, Todd Kaiser and James O’Hara | Edited By: Spencer Harris, Andrew Florio, Tim Kerbavaz |
UC Davis Chancellor Kotehi walks to her car [video link]
[BB - Xeni Jardin]: In the video above, UC Davis students, silent, with linked arms, confront Chancellor Katehi one day after the incident. It’s hard to tell exactly how many of them are present, but there they are, seated in the same cross-legged, on-the-ground position their fellow students were yesterday, before Lt. John Pike pulled out a can of pepper spray and pulled the trigger.
A pretty remarkable thing just happened. A press conference, scheduled for 2:00pm between the UC Davis Chancellor and police on campus, did not end at 2:30. Instead, a mass of Occupy Davis students and sympathizers mobilized outside, demanding to have their voice heard. After some initial confusion, UC Chancellor Linda Katehi refused to leave the building, attempting to give the media the impression that the students were somehow holding her hostage. A group of highly organized students formed large gap for the chancellor to leave. They chanted “we are peaceful” and “just walk home,” but nothing changed for several hours. Eventually student representatives convinced the chancellor to leave after telling their fellow students to sit down and lock arms.
ME: Chancellor, do you still feel threatened by the students?
One of the students pepper sprayed yesterday, a young man wearing a brown down coat over a tie-dye shirt, said he met with Kotehi and personally showed her a video of pepper spraying attack. Speaking to about a thousand students with the “human mic,” the young man said he personally asked for her resignation.
More about yesterday’s pepper-spraying videos, from Brian Stelter at the New York Times:
Some protesters were hospitalized afterward, according to local reports. Ten were arrested.Interviewed at a hospital by a local newspaper, The Davis Enterprise, one of the protesters, Dominic Gutierrez, said that he had been sprayed while trying to shield others.
“When you protect the things you believe in with your body, it changes you for good. It radicalizes you for good,” he said.
Earlier: UC Davis Quad Occupation [video link]
After being evicted from Mrak Hall at 2:30pm on November 16th, protestors reconvened in a general assembly where they decided to move their occupation to the UC Davis Quad. Within 24 hours, tents were set up and protestors have maintained their position on the Quad past official university operating hours. The Chancellor has ordered police officials not to enforce university policies against camping for the night.
Reported By: Ani Ucar | Filmed By: Todd Kaiser, Stephen McKone, Andrew Florio, and Spencer Harris | Edited By: Stephen McKone, Spencer Harris, Tim Kerbavaz |