The noon walkout and rally was reportedly attended by 5,000 people.
I arrived later, in time for the Initial Statement of Occupy Cal.
UC Administration apparently made no attempt to communicate with the Occupy Cal General Assembly in the afternoon. It was entirely peaceful and non-violent until police forcefully removed the initial encampment.
I left around 5pm (dead battery), but things heated up again at night, drawing in thousands.
10:30pm What I’m hearing over the stream is that the Vice Chancellor came to speak and the tents have been removed, which was the administration’s objective. Protesters are free to stay overnight, just no tents.
1am: State-wide (or Everywhere?) Education Strike has been approved for next Tuesday 11/15.
“Berkeley Students Clash With Police in Iconic Sproul Plaza,” The Atlantic
Police beating students (by Miles Mathews):
and a longer piece by Davey, “A Tale of Two Colleges…Unrest at UC Berkeley & Penn State & Misplaced Priorities“
SF Chronicle: “UC cops’ use of batons on Occupy camp questioned,” 11/11/11
“But many law enforcement experts said Thursday that the officers’ tactics appeared to be a severe overreaction. . .
“Sam Walker, a professor emeritus of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha who has served as a consultant to the Oakland Police Department, said he thought the campus response was ‘unprovoked’ and ‘completely unnecessary.’ . . .
“‘The way they were using it, you’re very likely to hit the groin or kidney,’ he said. ‘I think it is an excessive action and totally unwarranted in the circumstances we see on the video.’
(Note the similarity between this and what was reported 4 days ago in the SJ Merc about OPD shooting the videographer on the night of the General Strike last week, “Experts in police use of force shocked by Oakland video,” 11/7/11)
Update 2 (11/11/11)
The Colbert Report on Occupy Cal, hilarious:
UC Berkeley poetry professor and former National Poet Laureate Robert Haas, who was among those beaten by UCPD, has an opinion piece in NY Times:
“Poet-Bashing Police,” 11/19/11