San Francisco – Amidst growing expectations that the Regents will approve an eight percent student tuition increase tomorrow, at least six students have been arrested for protesting.
Dozens more protesters were pepper sprayed outside of the UCSF Mission Bay conference center, barely three hours into today’s meeting. No UCSB students were arrested.
UPDATE: 11:15 a.m.
A police officer reportedly pulled out a sidearm on unarmed protesters around 10 a.m. when he was cornered against a wall outside the conference.
UPDATE: 1:10 p.m.
Earlier reports of a sidearm being pulled on protesters has been confirmed by University of California San Fransisco Chief of Police Pamela Roskowski.
As of 1:00 p.m. 13 individuals, including 11 students have been arrested.
UPDATE: 1:44 p.m.
A student from UC Santa Cruz has been arrested on felony charges for assault with a deadly weapon.
According to UC Police, the crowd outside the Mission Bay center reached about 300 people at the height of protests mid-morning. Around 10 a.m., an officer outside of the conference was rushed by protesters and dropped his baton, which was picked up by a UCSC student who proceeded to hit the officer with it. The officer then pulled out his sidearm but did not fire and the UCSC student was arrested.
The other 12 arrests made today were misdemeanors.
UPDATE: 2:50 p.m.
The board has approved a change of the term “fee” to “tuition” unanimously.
Erika Martin and Maane Khatchatourian reported on this story from San Francisco.