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14 protesters arrested at UC regents meeting in San Francisco

September 16, 2009 | 10:28 am

Fourteen people were arrested today for disrupting a UC regents meeting in San Francisco with protests and chants against employee pay cuts and proposed student fee increases. Shouting “Whose university? Our university!”, the demonstrators had their hands bound behind their backs by UC police and were escorted out of the meeting room at the Mission Bay campus of UC San Francisco.

The meeting resumed after about 15 minutes. The demonstrators were to be cited for trespassing and unlawful assembly and would be released without bail, police said.

The regents are meeting today and Thursday to discuss a proposal to hike system-wide undergraduate student fees by an additional $2,514 over the next year, starting with a mid-year increase this winter. If approved by the regents in November, the basic UC undergraduate fees would rise to $10,302 by next fall, which would be about 44% more than in the fall 2008. The first portion would be a $585 rise for the rest of the current school year starting in time for the winter quarter or spring semester.

-- Larry Gordon