March 1, 2010
February 26, 2010
Berkeley, CA – Durant Hall (next to Wheeler Hall) is occupied. Hundreds have stormed this building (that is being renovated).
12:10am: some UCPD (~5) present around the building, still trying to figure out what’s going on. They are spotlighting people near the entrance with flashlights, but a green chain-link fence obscures most of their view. People are dancing right outside.
1:30am: About 200 people inside. Doors are wide open but barricades are set up to keep cops out. There’s a few police on each side, a few hundred feet away from the building. Durant is under construction, so random materials and fences are keeping police out for now. Organizers have released a statement: Why Durant Hall?
1:45am: Students have emptied out of Durant, now going down Telegraph Ave smashing windows and turning over trash cans.
1:50am: Riot police have blocked students at intersection of Telegraph and Durant. Source on the ground reported a trash can on fire. Random people are joining the street party that is forming.
1:57am: A dumpster has now been set on fire.
2:15am: From on the ground: “Real battle with cops, rioters winnin”. 25 riot cops, 300 rioters.
2:25am: So far 1 arrest reported. Students/rioters holding their ground against the cops.
2:35am: A 2nd arrest reported. Students not backing down.
2:55am: Still going strong, still breaking shit, no new arrests.
3:00am: Riot dissolves. BART and Berkeley police cars patrol the streets.
Video of one of the 2 (!) arrests:
Berkeley, CA – In Sproul Plaza of UC Berkeley, hundreds gathered for a dance party that began around 10pm on Thursday, February 25. At the peak of the party (around 12am) the 250 people dancing surrounded the loudspeakers as together they moved farther into campus. As we approached Durant Hall, a building currently being renovated, people began handing out communiques. We began to see a yellow light glow from inside the second story windows of the building, and then silhouettes of dozens of occupiers emerged. They rigged a few banners across the front of the building and descended to join the party. Read the rest of this entry »