Students Arrested at Protest of California Regents

Ten people were arrested Wednesday after locking themselves to doors outside the University of California regents meeting in San Francisco.

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Ten people were arrested Wednesday after locking themselves to doors outside the University of California regents meeting in San Francisco, the UCLA's Daily Bruin reports. More than 80 people converged on UC-San Francisco Mission Bay to protest student fee hikes, the process of appointing regents, and the UC's nuclear weapons labs, among other issues. A smaller group—many of whom were arrested—latched bicycle U-locks around their necks to affix themselves to the glass doors, forcing the police to dismantle the doors to apprehend the protesters.

"When Rosa Parks refused to give up a seat on the bus, it was illegal," said the first of the protesters to be arrested, responding to the lieutenant governor's statement that illegal protests were inappropriate. "When white and black students sat in at segregated lunch counters, it was illegal. So when an oppressive situation does not provide for normal channels of dissent to be effective, protesters are left with no choice but civil disobedience."