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Published on Nov 21, 2009
Several dozen students occupied Wheeler Hall on UC Berkeley's campus on November 20, 2009 after the UC Regents voted to increase student fees by 32%, have laid off lecturers and custodians and cut courses, but still have refused to make their budget transparent, showed poor leadership in times of a financial crisis, and continued to use UCPD in becoming more aggressive against student protests and demonstrations (using tear gas and tasers at other protests on other UC campuses), and even harassing students about holding up banners--threatening them with arrests while confiscating such materials.
Students barricaded the doors to lock themselves inside. Police had riot gear and attempted to remove them in the early morning using tear gas and tasers. They failed, only arrested a couple, and the majority of students barricaded themselves on the second floor. As students and faculty rallied around the police "DO NOT CROSS" tape, professor Robert Dudley of Integrative Biology was bold enough to cross the line and be arrested in the peaceful demonstrations of solidarity with the occupiers.