A crowd of about 2,000 protesters, including students and labor union activists from across UC campuses, faced a large force of police in riot gear outside UCLA’s Covel Commons, where the regents met. The 21 regents approved the fee hikes with little debate. Only student regent Jesse Bernal voted against the increase.
After the vote, some of the regents were trapped inside as students protested outside the building and all over campus, marching in the streets and in lecture halls. The demonstrations were part of a systemwide strike to protest the fee increases, which will bring the total cost of a UC education to more than $10,000 dollars per year for the first time.
Early Thursday morning, students from UCLA and other UC campuses barricaded themselves inside Campbell Hall and occupied the building. They renamed it “Carter-Huggins Hall” in honor of two Black Panthers who were shot and killed in the building during a Black Student Union meeting in 1969.
Bob Samuels, president of the University of California, American Federation of Teachers. He runs the blog Changing Universities.
Zen Dochterman, UCLA Student taking part in the protests.