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Administration and their police violated the First Amendment. Students broke no laws.


I'm impressed someone actually read my long post.

TUSC workers have a different story than that propounded by the UC administration letter you cite above.

It is my understanding (and I repeatedly interviewed TUSC worker Laurel on Free Radio as well as other TUSCers) that there was indeed an extensive negotiating process, but UC was insistent on denying one of the basic requirements of Tent U--being in a location (viz. the base of campus) which was open to the community.

I think you're naive in relying on university documents as holy writ.

This is not "against the law". It is against some arbitrary university regulations (just as the exclusion of most of UCSC from "free speech" activity is a university regulation).

Is it "provoking the police" when you stand your ground with a lawful assembly and they use fear, force, and pain to try to disperse you?

Your notion about their "goal" being to provoke the police, you acknowledge comes from your own "thoughts"--you are candid enough to admit. Do you have any other substantiation for this claim?

Truth is not always at the mid-point between two opposing views. It may be one, it may be the other, it may be neither. You may consider yourself moderate, but the real question is whether you have a handle on the facts.

As to the parallels with the FSM occupation--that WAS illegal--they interfered with a police officer for many many hours. I think the technical charge is "lynching" (when you take a prisoner away from a police officer--or, at least, obstructing an officer.

While it may appeal to your sensibilities for students to respond in a low-key manner, I think you will grant that many folks get angry with they see basic rights--like freedom of assembly---being swept away by men in uniforms with guns.

Non-violent means that they don't raise weapons of their own, but resist it without injuring the officers involved--though at risk to themselves. Which is exactly what the Tent U folks did.

If only "whiney hippies" are defending the Constitution locally and standing up to police force, let's have more of them.
Disclaimer: My remarks are made as an observer and a reporter. I was also a representative of one of the consensus groups on April 18 that voted to stay the night at the base of campus. But I was not part of the central planning for Tent U, nor am I student.

For those interested in some eyewitness interviews, scan through and check bathrobespierre's broadsides for shows April 21 and after.

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