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Occupy tents spring up near UC Davis pepper-spraying site

November 22, 2011 |  8:25 am

Students at UC Davis have put up tents near the site where campus police used pepper spray on a group of Occupy protesters in an incident that has sparked outrage and calls for the chancellor's resignation.

The encampment was erected Monday, hours after the campus police chief was placed on administrative leave and the chancellor was shouted down at a demonstration while trying to apologize for Friday's pepper-spraying incident.

Students planned a 2 p.m. meeting Tuesday in the wake of the incident, and the chancellor was to hold a town hall meeting at 4.

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University officials and campus police have been the target of angry reprisals since video spread on the Internet showing police in riot gear dousing pepper spray on a row of students sitting passively on the ground with their arms linked.

University of California President Mark G. Yudof called the chancellors of all 10 campuses and reminded them of the right to protest peacefully.

"We cannot let this happen again," he said, according to a statement from the president's office.

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Two UC Davis police officers also were placed on administrative leave after the students were sprayed.

University spokeswoman Claudia Morain said the school was monitoring the protest and did not say whether the students would be allowed to camp overnight.


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-- From a Times staff writer