Student Protest Over UC Fee Hike Turns Violent

13 arrested, 15 pepper sprayed, officer conked on head with own baton

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 18, 2010 10:24 AM CST

(Newser) – A 300-person strong protest against raising University of California fees got out of hand yesterday, and 13 people—mostly students—were arrested. The demonstration took place outside a UC regents meeting about the proposed increase in San Francisco. The UC San Francisco police chief called the crowd "angry and unruly and aggressive" and said some protesters threw barricades and other objects at university and city police, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Four cops suffered minor injuries and about 15 protesters were sprayed with pepper spray. One police officer, who was allegedly hit on the head with his own baton, pointed his gun at the protesters but didn't fire. The regents were discussing a controversial 8% fee increase, which would follow a 32% tuition increase last year, and students said that most of the demonstrators wanted to be allowed into the meeting to hear the discussion. Approval of the increase is expected today. Click here to read about last year's protests.

Protesters break the line of University of California police officers at the garage entrance to the University of California  Campus in San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday Nov. 17, 2010.
Protesters break the line of University of California police officers at the garage entrance to the University of California Campus in San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday Nov. 17, 2010.   (AP Photo/The Oakland Tribune, Laura A. Oda)
Protesters are handcuffed after breaking a  line of University of California police officers at the entrance to the University of California  Campus in San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday Nov. 17, 2010.
Protesters are handcuffed after breaking a line of University of California police officers at the entrance to the University of California Campus in San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday Nov. 17, 2010.   (AP Photo/The Oakland Tribune, Laura A. Oda)
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