Skip to comments.Protesters (rioters) damage Calif. university leader's home (and throw bombs at police cars)
Posted on 12/12/2009 1:39:33 PM PST by reaganaut1
BERKELEY, Calif. Eight people were under arrest Saturday after protesters broke windows, lights and planters outside the home of the chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.
University spokesman Dan Mogulof said 40 to 70 protesters also threw incendiary devices at police cars and the home of Chancellor Robert Birgeneau about 11 p.m. Friday. There were no fires or injuries.
The protest at the chancellor's home came late the same day that police arrested 66 protesters at a campus classroom building that was partially taken over for four days.
The protesters are demonstrating against state funding cuts that have led to course cutbacks, faculty furloughs and sharp fee increases.
"The attack at our home was extraordinarily frightening and violent. My wife and I genuinely feared for our lives," Birgeneau said in a statement issued through the university.
The eight were arrested on suspicion of rioting, threatening an education official, attempted burglary, attempted arson of an occupied building, felony vandalism, and assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.
They include two Berkeley students and one from the University of California, Davis, Mogulof said. Of the remaining five, four had San Francisco Bay-area addresses, while one is from Brooklyn, N.Y. Their ages ranged from 20-41. At least three are women.
"This is what it looks like when a student group gets hijacked by an extreme and violent element in its ranks," Mogulof said.
An Associated Press freelance photographer saw at least four broken decorative light globes, overturned vases and plants, and shattered terra cotta planters. At least two windows were broken, one boarded over, the other shattered in a spider web pattern. Birgeneau was in his living room, but did not speak to reporters.
The protesters shouted "no justice, no peace" as they attacked the home, Mogulof said.
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Working with the democratic party to bring about marshall law.
Geez these “generated crisis” to many to count on my fingers and toes! Throw everything out there and lets see which one lights the fuse
The biggest freeloaders always have the biggest mouths and most hateful intentions.
Shouldn’t they be protesting at the houses of Pelosi, Boxer and HighQualityBeerMug?
One step closer to France.
Blue on blue...
Those silly, peace-loving young dems... gotta love ‘em.
Typically lazy stoner California college students. They sally forth from their dorms in a haze of pot smoke to firebomb something in order to make a positive impact and help fix the economy, and then they don't get any further than the Chancellor's residence before confusion sets in, resolution flags, and they need to relight their dubbies. They decide, oh what the heck, this building right here is good enough. Bombs away!
Thanks for the memories....
These kids have been getting a free ride for years. Time to pay the piper.
How ironic and sweet this is...
Are university bureaucrats now some sort of special protected class? What class of crime would it be if the person was only a janitor or just a student?
This is taught behavior.
He lives on campus provided for and maintained by students and taxpayers funding. He should have listened to the students and then relayed the problems to the budget committee. But he was comfortable. He was not losing pay or housing.
And there is that funding to UNIONS that these students are paying for in higher tuition that he should have tried to stop.
You teach liberals to attack when others do not agree with them and guess what happens?!?
They needed a special law for this???
How is that different than threatening one of us serfs?
They could not even make a working Molotov cocktail.
"Dude, you're suppose to light the rag before you throw the bottle!"
"Oh yeah, I forgot. That was some dynamite weed, huh?"
The result of "voting in your own economic interest"