Meanwhile, At The Birthplace Of The Free Speech Movement


Less than a week after police were recorded beating students with batons at the University of California, Berkeley, here’s the unedifying sight of Lt John Pike casually dousing peaceful protesters with military-grade pepper spray at the UC Davis campus on Friday.

According to an open letter to the University’s chancellor Linda Katehi by English professor Nathan Brown, the brutality didn’t end there:

Police used batons to try to push the students apart. Those they could separate, they arrested, kneeling on their bodies and pushing their heads into the ground. Those they could not separate, they pepper- sprayed directly in the face, holding these students as they did so. When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper- sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty- five minutes after being pepper- sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.

Yesterday, Chancellor Katehi, who initially approved Friday’s police action, received an epic helping of the silent treatment from still-protesting students as she walked to her car.

Now that’s free speech.


17 thoughts on “Meanwhile, At The Birthplace Of The Free Speech Movement

  1. Sopwith

    Read the story on HuffPost, awful stuff. Fair play for the untenured acdemic for standing up for the students. The Faculty Board have also called on the chancellor to quit.

  2. Diabhal

    Last time I remember Irish students protesting was when they got pissed off about there not being enough parking spaces for their lovely autos at NUI, Galway. Sigh…

  3. Pedanto, the Hilarity Man

    Dowsing? He lifted them up by the legs and waited till their quivering foreheads directed him to an underground water source? I think you mean “dousing” (though “drenching” is better).

    In fairness, though, you seem to have dropped the non-comedy of misspellings and returned to your old entertaining selves. So I’ll put the petard down and stop being an asshole.

    1. leisureplex

      dousedpast participle, past tense of douse (Verb)
      Pour a liquid over; drench: “he doused the car with gasoline and set it on fire”.
      Extinguish (a fire or light): “stewards appeared and the fire was doused”.

      1. Pedanto, the Hilarity Man

        No problem, Chomps. Gutted you didn’t use “drenching”, though. It was my one stab at Broadsheet immortality.

  4. paul

    two of the cops have been assigned to desk duty.

    Meanwhile on Dame Street –

    We are 6 weeks at Occupy Dame Street and it looks like residents of the camp are going to be taking a break at the residence of hotel Mountjoy Prison :P Occupy Dame Street has today learned from media organisations and An Garda Síochána that the Central Bank of Ireland plans to seek a Court Order tomorrow morning in an attempt to stop the legal, legitimate and law abiding protest taking place. We have at all times sought to engage the banks in constructive dialogue about our concerns about the plight of the Irish people and society and remain ready to do so. The campers intend to seek audience at the hearing and stand up for their rights to protest peacefully in what is considered a public place. We need people at the four courts in the morning, Monday the 21st of November 2011 at 9.30am, for support. Meet outside the main entrance. #OccupyDameStreet is a people’s movement, which stands in solidarity with and is inspired by nearly 1000 sister occupations in the evolving global movement initiated by the people of Iceland, Greece, Spain, and Tunisia. We use tactics of non-violence akin to the scenes of peaceful resistance in Tahrir Square and Wall Street. This is a diverse people’s initiative, unaffiliated with any political parties. We are the 99%. We stand together against political and economic corruption. We stand for equality and social justice. This is a “leaderless resistance movement” with people of many nationalities, backgrounds, genders and political persuasions.

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