You know your movement is crashing and burning when you can’t even get any traction at UC Berkeley.
How pathetic. Naturally, the former occupiers all talk tough, they’ll be back, stronger than ever, blah blah blah. So much hot air, so little time.
Police in riot gear surprised campers with an early morning raid on the Occupy Cal encampment in Sproul Plaza today, arresting two protesters and removing about 20 tents.
Police surrounded the 40 or so campers at 3:30 a.m. in front of Sproul Hall, UC Berkeley’s main administration building, and gave them 10 minutes to grab their gear and go. All but two did.
Alex Kim, 24, an English major, was arrested after he stood in front of police officers and flashed peace signs with both hands.
“We’re coming back,” said Kim, who confronted officers with his cat on his shoulder. Other protesters took the cat as Kim was being led away.
Students were caught off guard by the swift and quiet approach of more than 100 officers from UC Berkeley police, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and police departments in Oakland, Emeryville, Newark and Union City. Their appearance caused a confused scramble, with students grabbing pillows, guitars and bicycles to avoid arrest.