UC Berkeley Strike in Photos: Time-Lapse
November 20, 2009 2 Comments
Today, as part of the UC strike, a group of about 50 students took over Wheeler Hall on the UC Berkeley campus to protest the layoffs of 38 ASFCME workers and a 32% hike in undergraduate tuition. The building is surrounded by police, which in turn are surrounded by protesters (UPDATE 7:20 p.m.: who are themselves now surrounded by police. There are UC Police, Oakland Police and Berkeley Police present, and police helicopters are flying over the campus.) The occupants of Wheeler Hall are tweeting here. Since I started writing this post, a SWAT team has broken in and arrests have been made. Protesters are still outside Wheeler Hall. The police are keeping the arrested protesters inside the building; they’re hoping to wait out the students outside. (UPDATE 7:42 p.m.: They’re releasing them! Says a friend: “Came out like rock stars.”)
Here’s what it looked like at 1:00 p.m. (courtesy of Zunguzungu):
It was rainy from 1-2. Protesters are dressed accordingly.
The Youtube video below has live footage of what was going on when the last photo in this series was taken:
Here’s what it looked like between 3:15 and 4:00 p.m, when I was out there with my camera. By this time the weather had cleared and the sun was out. These photos are of the South and West sides of Wheeler Hall.
For video footage of police violence against students, go here.
For a much better slide show than mine of the whole event, go here.