UC regents postpone meeting, citing threats of violence
The University of California's regents have canceled their meeting this week in San Francisco, citing "credible" threats of violence during planned demonstrations linked to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Intelligence gathered by UC police indicated that "rogue elements intent on violence and confrontation with UC public safety officers were planning to attach themselves to peaceful demonstrations expected to occur at the meeting," university leaders said in a statement Monday. The session had been scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at UC San Francisco's Mission Bay facility.
Under the circumstances, holding the meeting "might constitute a reckless disregard of credible law enforcement intelligence,” said the statement issued by Sherry Lansing, head of the Board of Regents, along with Vice Chairman Bruce Varner and UC President Mark G. Yudof. “Ensuring public safety must be a top priority.”
A new date for the meeting has not been set. The regents raised the possibility of moving it to another location.
UC spokesman Steve Montiel declined to elaborate on the feared violence except to say it would have taken place in connection with demonstrations scheduled at the meeting by students and others allied with the Occupy Wall Street protests. Demonstrators linked to the Occupy movement have been involved in several confrontations in the Bay Area in recent weeks, including in Oakland and on the UC Berkeley campus.
The regents were scheduled to debate a request for state funding for the 2012-2013 school year and were expected to seek a restoration of funds that might help avoid a tuition increase next year.
— Larry Gordon