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Eight arrested at UC Regents meeting at UCLA

November 18, 2009 | 10:30 am

Soon after the UC Regents meeting began today, demonstrations broke out inside the hall, UCLA’s Covel Commons, disrupting a presentation by UC President Mark Yudof on the budget situation and his recommendation for student fee increases.

When the protesters refused to be quiet, university police cleared the public from the hall, but eight people refused to leave, standing and singing “We Shall Overcome” for several choruses.

They were escorted out and handcuffed and police said they would be cited for misdemeanor unlawful assembly. It was not clear whether they were students.

Outside the hall, meanwhile, several hundred protesters gathered, holding banners protesting the likely vote to increase fees and shouting, "Cut from the top!"

-- Larry Gordon at UCLA   

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