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UC-Santa Cruz protest turns violent

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A demonstration against UC Santa Cruz's new Biomedical Sciences Facility and growth plans began peacefully yesterday morning, but turned violent around 12:30 p.m., shutting down some upper campus roads and prompting a response by from area law enforcement agencies.
At least one person was arrested as activists hoisted platforms into two redwood trees on Science Hill.
Onlookers said officers used pepper spray and nightsticks on protesters to prevent them from taking down barricades around the trees.

Officers from UCSC, Santa Cruz police, the Sheriff's Office tactical unit, State Parks and a private security company worked to control the crowd, which had about 500 people at its peak, according to onlookers.

Details on how many people arrested were not immediately available. Emergency dispatchers said an ambulance was staged on campus.

About 200-300 protesters remained at the protest site and some were helping the tree sitters ferry gear and supplies into their arboreal posts, according to onlookers.

The demonstration began around 11 a.m. with about 200 people rallying at the Bay Tree Plaza - the center campus.

Tree sitters said in a press release prior to the demonstration that they are opposed to the planned addition of 4,500 full-time students and the development of 120 acres of upper campus forest. UCSC plans to develop the occupied site into a new Biomedical Sciences

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  • How committed are you if you hide your face behind a bandana?

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  • What a bunch of morons. Clear out the supporters and see how long they stay up there without food and water.

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  • what a goon hangin from the trees!

    Gotta love the proggresive stooges.

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  • I bet not one shaved bush among the chicks

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  • You guys have never been in a protest before if you don't know why they cover their faces. Look it up on the internet as to why they have to hide their faces.

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  • Attn hippies ...the 60's are over ..go home.

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  • NYMarine21: "tree hugging hippies"
    Rather be a tree hugger than a mad dog killer.

    No disrespect to the USMC and the brave men who serve. Just try not to generalize nymarine 21. there are worst things to be than an environmentalist.

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  • hippie scum deserved it

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  • Tinbuk3: "What do the protesters care for trees.
    They trash the spot with paper they toss and hand out then go home to they're wood homes and fume.
    I commend some of them for the protest but as to them actually caring I condemn they're lack of moral responsibility.
    Seems to me if they were truly so righteous about they're cause they would take greater care to preserve its meaning.


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    what are you talking about? you don't know how these people live their lives.
    how do you know t More..

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  • Why would you get your arse kicked for a bunch of trees? Maybe we should protest the cutting down of marijauna - bet that would piss them off! Marijauna has feelings too! Idiot progresso-socialist democraps!

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  • Hey, this is my school. I graduated from UCSC in 92, and one of the best things about it is the nice scenery and forest. Sure, whatever, hippies come and go, but it still stinks they thrash a cool area, bottom line. Its weird, there were similar big protests about the same place when I was there, just farther back-- concerning the parking lot they are playing drums on.

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  • xbifftannenx: "if they were so goddamn pissed off they should have petitioned the city or tried to change the policy in a way which would have actually had a china man's chance of working like multiple months before this protest. fucking lazy pot smoking trust fund brats need to understand the way things actually work if they want to make a change. i fucking hate hippies."
    i have a wooden nickle im looking to sell.....would you like to buy it?

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  • Dr.Hambone: "these cops are fascist scum....

    I'd start hitting back.... break their noses and blacken their eyes....

    "
    Agent provocatuer...

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  • Why are some people so jealous of kids who go to college?

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  • TAZE THEM

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  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH I love it when they get sprayed!!!! So funny...

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  • Screaming Eagle: "College scum....so damn proud of what they do....THEY HIDE THEIR FACES.....FUKKEN COWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Some one is jealous they didnt get in to college ? then you joined the military with the other dumb fucks who cant get into college ?

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  • gswifty: "
    evilgrin: "
    gswifty: "
    evilgrin: "
    gswifty: "
    nmclay: "Get a job."
    Doing what? join the military? waitress/bartender? hamburger flipper? many jobs have been outsourced! Job prospects for todays new graduates are dismal. finger-wagger, instead of them getting a job, how about YOU getting a CLUE!"
    So all those things you listed aren't jobs? It sounds like some people are just too full of themselves to actually find work. "What?! $10 an hour?! I have a college degree!" Yeah, well your ass still lives at home with your mommy too. Get a More..
    Hey assswipe, are you talkin to me??? I'm no momma's boy who lives at home and i certainly don't have a burger-flipping job at $10/hr. Please be a little more responsible regarding the content of your commentary."
    At the risk of a juvenile "Oooo you answered to asswipe" comment. Yes, I am talking to you. You made the comment, I quoted your comment, so apparently it was you I was replying to. Apparently I hit a nerve. It seems like you are just an angry boy that likes to belittle people with lower paying jobs. I tell you what, you be more respectable to the working class and I may decide to care if my comments are responsible in regard to your commentary. You clearly discount fast food workers, military, waitresses and bartenders as not being valid work choices, yet you feel calling other people irresponsible and name callers is justified. Maybe you should read your own spew prior to barking at others.

    By the way, I have friends working in bars and as waitresses making much more than the average family of 4 income, and that is after paying for benefits. I find that to be a good choice if you are capable. Some personalities just aren't capable. "
    I did not mean to disrespect the working class. That was not my intent at all. Perhaps i should have backed up my original statement to nmclay with some corroboration. However, you sir have grossly mislabeled me, and that's where i took offense to you. It happens alot on this site. Therefore i will continue to spew shiit as i see fit. In the meantime here's a very good article by Paul Craig Roberts, assistant secretary of the treasury under Ronald Reagan on job prospects. Enjoy!


    http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts09302006.html
    "
    LONGEST QUOTE THREAD EVER! *dingdingding!*

    Listen, I have no need to label you other than through what you stated. If you feel you mistated, then fine. If I mislabeled you based on that, I apologize.

    I don't disagree that job prospects related to specific jobs desired by college students, or based on majors, is not looking good. What I am debating is whether these statistics relate to the fact there are actually jobs. I guess the toughest part is defining what is considered a job to a college grad vs a non college grad. In my opinion, there is no difference. A job is a job. I started out of college working in a factory counting nuts and bolts. Years later I work in a great industry, make great money, and love every minute of it. I started someplace to make sure I had something and then worked my way to something I wanted.

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  • speaks: "SHOT TO KILL!!

    PLEASE POLICE!!!

    DO IT!!!!

    BUNCH OF WORTHLESS COLLEGE DUMBA$$ES!"
    once the last tree is gone, and the last animal dead, will you finally realize that you cant eat money?

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  • Geeze, what a bunch of whining babies. This was exactly why tasers and pepper spray were invented.

    I agree with previous sentiments that by covering their faces they turn themselves into nothing more than thugs and bullies.

    If I was one of the protesters I would have sought out the douche with the snare and put a nice big hole in it.

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  • Re. cybersniper: "...they havent lived in the real world, when they do, they will grow up."... mmm..true and false. I would say living in the "real world" more makes you numb and cynical, maybe as you see naive hope and idealism ("dreams") wither away in the face of incompetence, pettiness, and obesity ("reality"). These UCSC students are just suffering the first pangs of this horrible reality. Its a bummer it works this way.

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  • john_doe: "
    xbifftannenx: "if they were so goddamn pissed off they should have petitioned the city or tried to change the policy in a way which would have actually had a china man's chance of working like multiple months before this protest. fucking lazy pot smoking trust fund brats need to understand the way things actually work if they want to make a change. i fucking hate hippies."
    i have a wooden nickle im looking to sell.....would you like to buy it?"
    the justice syst More..

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  • i think that their all barking up the wrong tree

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  • aureliusva: "
    ekuzombie: "I went to college, got my Bachelors in 3.5 years, just because I didn't waste time partying, smoking pot, or joining up to support stupid causes or protesting. Or joining a frat. Dunno which is worse.

    The people in this vid are all drama whores. They can't wait for something actually meaningful to arise, something 1984esque, so they pick the first issue that seems remotely plausible as a motivation for protest, decide that they believe in a cause and oppose/support the issue, and band together for a protest.

    I ask you, what actual effect has their actio More..



    we don't need a revolution? so everything in america is just peachy? stick your head back in the sand, reality might be too scary for you.



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    no things are not perfect. do we need a revolution? blood in the streets.

    put your head back up your own arse

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