Flash: 6:36 p.m.: UC Berkeley Students To Be Cited and Released

by Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday November 20, 2009 - 07:06:00 PM
Occupiers cheer the crowd standing outside wheeler
Riya Bhattacharjee
Occupiers cheer the crowd standing outside wheeler

6:36 p.m. : UC Berkeley professor of Sociology Andrew Barlow, who was part of the faculty negotiating team, told the Planet that the occupiers inside Wheeler Hall would be cited and released one by one within an hour. 

Barlow said that police officers had a key to enter the occupied space. He said that an 11-member faculty team had met with the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs right after the police entered the second floor. 

"We were negotiating to end this day peacefully," Barlow said. "The students are being cited for a misdemeanor of trespassing. They are not being taken to jail. They can come out and be with their friends." 

Barlow said that none of the students' demands had been accepted. 

"But I'll still say this was a huge success," he said. "It's a beginning of a new student movement." 

He said that the day-long negotiation had made it harder for the students to come out of the building earlier. 

"They will not come out in a group," he said. "They will come out one by one." 

Barlow said it was not clear what the occupiers would do after being released. 

"It's up to the leadership of the protestors to decide what they want to do next," he said. "Whether to hold more meetings or a press conference."