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Hello everyone, below you will find video from Monday's arrests at Tent University Santa Cruz. Hopefully this imagery will allow you to see the pain and violence that both the university and the police are willing to inflict upon the peaceful, non-violent, participants. If you don't know what TUSC is about, read the bottom of this page. This video was shot by Martin Shulman and edited into this rough state with the priority that getting it out there for people to see is the most important thing. I hope that you come and support us as we fight to express ourselves in an open, non-violent community of students, faculty, staff, and Santa Cruz citizens. The actions taken last night by the administration should not be allowed to go on without consequence and honest dialogue. Thank you and thanks to those who continue the struggle. We, the people, have the power.  
 
Apparently, they camped out at the base of the University from 9am until after curfew. The UC and police told them to leave and they refused. Eventually, the UC told the cops to let them camp. Still crazy though. Gotta love their Vulcan death grips.
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ultrafastx: Frankly, all the techniques I saw being used on the video, while undoubtably not pleasant, looked pretty benign and typical of these types of arrests. Hell, I didn't even see the pepper spray come out (this is not like the incident at Berkeley in '97 or '98 where police swabbed protesters eyes with pepper spray). If you're going to stage a protest of the sort, these are the consequences and having a crowd of people shouting obscenities and screaming at the cops doesn't improve the situation or, IMO, their message.  
 
Apparently, they camped out at the base of the University from 9am until after curfew. The UC and police told them to leave and they refused. Eventually, the UC told the cops to let them camp. Still crazy though. Gotta love their Vulcan death grips.  
 
Actually, what I've read is that UCSC worked with these people for 10 days trying to find a suitable location for "Tent University" but talks broke down. The University was getting complaints about noise and illegal activity (my guess, drug use...in UC Santa Cruz? Shocking!), came down to the location--which was the entrance to campus--and warned the group to disperse or that the cops would be called. The UC police were then brought in, as promised, and began removing people.  
 
AFTER the 18 initial arrests (of ~200 protesters), the situation escalated (as you can tell from the video) and the police consulted with the university to strike a deal with the protesters. The deal was that the UC administration would call off the police and allow TUSC to continue during the day on Tuesday if people began to disperse and no more than five people spent the night at the base of campus.  
 
If you're going to engage in civil disobedience, you have to expect to pay the price. You can't do engage in it, get arrested, then cry foul. And you can't resist arrest, then cry police brutality when the cops use pressure-point techniques and bodily haul you off.
The Exile: "peaceful, non-violent, participants"  
 
Is bullshit. Breaking the law by setting up a party/slum and ignoring legitimate and legal demands to move is neither technically "peaceful" (rather, it is a breach of the peace) nor non-violent (as by continuing to physically occupy the site they are knowingly provoking a violent police response.
Fluffy:  
/me violently breathes in air while violently sitting in a chair. /me may violently eat some yogurt later.