More than 40 faculty condemn arrests of Occupy UCLA
protesters in letter to Chancellor
By JAMES BARRAGAN
and KATE PARKINSON-MORGAN
November 21, 2011

Dozens of faculty have condemned the arrest of 14 Occupy UCLA protesters Friday in
an open letter to Chancellor Gene Block, citing concerns about limitations on free
speech.

More than 40 UCLA faculty members have signed the letter, dated Nov. 20. Calls for
restraint also come as sister campuses UC Davis and UC Berkeley respond to harsh
criticism for police actions toward on-campus Occupy movements.

Interactions between police and Occupy protesters at UCLA have so far been peaceful.
On Thursday, Occupy UCLA protesters set up about 30 tents in Wilson Plaza, planning
to stay for the night.

The day before, administrators had repeatedly warned protesters of a ban against
temporary structures on campus grounds. A campus curfew is also in place between
midnight and 6 a.m. Occupy members were told of the university policies they were
violating, UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton said on Friday.

Around 5 a.m. on Friday, the Occupy camp was circled by university police. Thirteen
students and one alumnus who refused to leave the grounds were arrested on
misdemeanor charges of unlawful assembly and failure to disperse. They were cited and
released about six hours later, police said.

But the authors of the letter say the administration did not have a valid reason to clear
the plaza and arrest the protesters.

“Their crime, formally, was to violate a campus policy against camping,” the letter stated.
“But in reality they were arrested for engaging in political speech at a time and in a
manner that did not please the campus administration.”

Some faculty members are concerned students were disciplined for exercising their right
to free speech, said Tobias Higbie, associate professor of history and one of the drafters
of the letter.

“They’re not out there camping … it’s a protest,” Higbie said. “To say that they’re going
to remove them because they have tents seems a very narrow interpretation of campus
policy.”
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