Courts & Crime

California students arrested amid protest over fee increase

A student activist said about 20 students and a professor are still incarcerated this morning, after being arrested for refusing to leave a building on the University of California, Davis campus in protest of tuition increases.

Natalie Yahr, a UC Davis undergraduate, said that of the 52 arrested Thursday on misdemeanor trespassing charges, about 20 remain in the Monroe Detention Center. Yahr, who said one of those detained is UC Davis professor, is part of a group of students who were waiting in solidarity for students to be released at 7 a.m..

"We were told that they would all be released by 6 this morning but we are still waiting on more than 20 people," she said. "About 15 or 20 of us have stayed here all night waiting for our friends and fellow students — and a faculty member — to be released."

Activists are not sure of their next move, said Yahr. However, they will be gathering at 11 a.m. today on the UC Davis quad to figure out their next step.

An hour later, a meeting is scheduled at the Activities and Recreation Center where students can air their grievances and ask questions of UC Davis administrators.

The UC Board of Regents approved a 32 percent fee increase Thursday, sparking protests at several of the university system's campuses.


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