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November 20, 2011

UC Davis chancellor faces backlash

This video of students massively protesting being excluded from a media press conference by the university chancellor Linda Katehi, who is facing demands from her own faculty to resign, is gripping. Using the 'mic check' technique that is one of the great innovations of the Occupy movement, they get their voices heard.

The last minute of the video, where the chancellor walks a silent gauntlet of students to her car, is striking and should give pause to other officials who think about using the police to brutally suppress peaceful protestors.

Here's an interview with one of the students who were pepper-sprayed who describes what happened in the time leading to the police action and afterward.

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Comments

Let's hope that, just as OWS has already changed the economic conversation in a way that the corporate media were unable to suppress, incidents like this will wake a lot of people up to the fact that we have already traveled a long way down the road to becoming a police state in which militarized police forces serve purely the interests of the oligarchs rather than the public interest.

Posted by Steve LaBonne on November 21, 2011 08:52 AM