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"
They sally forth from their dorms in a haze of pot smoke
Thanks for the memories....
Damn kids nowadays! I just sat in my room and listened to
Pink Floyd for the thousandth time.
As you say...
The spoiled brats could use a swift kick in the ass.
I might catch heat for this, but we need another Kent State-type show of force to get rid of these violent, deadly radicals. They are a menace to society, and to law and order.
Not from me. Why a campus should be a law free zone is
beyond me. And there's lots of evidence that the Guardsmen
at Kent were returning fire.
So we have a bunch of liberal college professors who are making a great living walking around teaching their students that “the rich” are putting the screws to the poor working man. Moreover, you have rich college professors like Bill Ayres teaching students that violence against an unjust government is perfectly okay.
Of course, when they say these things THEY AREN’T TALKING ABOUT THEMSELVES. It’s okay to make six or seven figures if you’re doing the work of “the people”.
So now we’re in an economic downturn and no one has any money to keep these rich elitists in their good jobs. So what do they do? They put the screws to the students.
And it’s hard to feel sorry for these idiot students, because they’re not exactly “Poor working class people”. Many of these protesters are wearing nice clothes and smoking pot. Many of these student protesters are children of wealthy, privileged members of society.
And these students will vote for the very same libs now putting the screws to them, which leaves me wondering how Berkley can boast about having the best and the brightest.
Just wait, because this is coming soon to your healthcare - brought to you by an alliance of the students and the faculity at Berkley.
So what did we learn here?
Excellent: I’m glad no one is paying attention....
Well in reading histor of the October Revolution 1918 it was the rich elite students at university (only they had the means to attend) not workers who brought down the Tsar and ushered in Communism.
They sound all wee-wee’d up just like the protestors in Hoaxenchangen.
This is an act of charity on the students part. There are now two more openings at UC Berkeley.
Amish Students again. /sarcasm
Remember the Korean shopkeepers during the LA riots, Chancellor Birgeneau? Up on the roof with a couple of 9mm handguns, hubby blazes away at the rioters while his better half keeps reloading. Just a proposal for your consideration, Byron
There weren’t many bodies in the street. My guess is the Koreans were not firing for effect. Just trying to scare off the looters.
Yeah, and five will get you ten they have the backing of international communists organizations funded by some rich guy.
Does the chancellor even have control over funding? There will be a lot more of this as programs are cut all over.
As I recall from when I had kids in Jr high (Calif), there is such a law. It may be Federal. I think it applies to any teacher, even off campus, that may feel threatened.
So I had to shut up my kid in the Saturday movie, when he said to his teacher when he saw her, “Mrs. xxx Sucks”.
That could be interpreted as a threat.
local residents armed with shotguns could stop this is a few minutes
When Ronald Reagan ran for governor of California, one of his campaign promises was clean up the mess in Berkeley. I think I fell in love with him then. :)
The intelligentsia clearly played a key role. I recently bought Richard Pipes' Concise History of the Russian Revolution but haven't gotten to the main part yet--it seems to be a very good book.
Judges are protected by such laws because they must be free of threats from those who deserve justice..
Education officials have the power to dispense a certain kind of justice as well—ranging from low grades, to honor-code violations, to expulsions. And wreck lives in the process. I wouldn’t be surprised if many have come under threat as a result.
And the rest of us, those of us with no snobby ivy league connections?
We deserve less because???
You can say with certainty, you reap what you sow. State subsidy of leftist rebellion - The chickens are coming home to roost.
One in the same. Leftists all.
Should threats toward a set of persons be punished more harshly because that set of persons is more likely to be threatened?
That question could be applied to this, but also to laws against threatening/murdering judges, or cops, or the President of the United States.
From an equal-justice perspective, it seems that all people should have the same protection. But that is not the way our laws are oriented.
The laws seem to express a different principal: that people with legitimate roles in our society should be able to perform those roles without threat, and that those especially susceptible to threat should be protected by additional levels of deterrence.
I believe in equal protection under the law. But the people who pass these laws aren’t operating under abstract notions or justice; they are responding to a judge murdered by a mobster or a cop gunned down in the street.
That could be interpreted as a threat.
Sounds more like solicitation to me.
Also, it’s funny you should pose the question in the way that you did..
I’d be willing to bet that this law was created in response to a specific incident, probably having to do with some spoiled “snobby” kid threatening (or worse) a teacher or professor who ruined his chances at Harvard.
The tragedy being that if you start treating them like they are move valuable than you, pretty soon they start to think they are better than you.
And acting accordingly.
I agree with you.
The thing about Kent State?
The people who were shot weren’t in the front line with the useful idiots.
They were in the back with the CPUSA organizers.
Berkeley has become a joke and is held in low esteem among academia. Losers.
“Bill Ayres teaching students that violence against an unjust government is perfectly okay.”
Uh, I think some guys back in the late 18th century said that to.
It’s a matter of what is unjust and how much MORE violent Ayers and his like are, as they view violence as transformative if done in the service of communism.