Last night, Baruch College students clashed with baton-wielding CUNY police forces. All of this went on as demonstrators launched a protest outside of the CUNY school’s Board of Trustees meeting. After a daylong rally, students congregated where the meeting was being held, where police battered them with batons and locked students in handcuffs. ABC Local News reports that the trustees were going to discuss a hike of tuition of $300 a year for the next five years. This increase is comparatively significant, as full-time resident undergraduate students pay $5,100 per year in tuition.
A representative of the National Lawyers Guild said that at least fourteen demonstrators were arrested, but students involved claim 25 arrests, including five taken down to central booking. Along with the CUNY police force, the Daily News reports, “witnesses said about 100 NYPD officers showed up to provide backup and arrest unruly protesters.”Videos were recorded throughout the protest, like the one below. You can see police pushing protestors back, as well as an arrest at the :25 mark. This is video number four in a series of YouTube videos, the rest that can be found here, here, here, and here. Another video arose on the NYTimes’ City Room blog, which was posted to Facebook by the Baruch College Newspaper, The Ticker.
City Room also details the campus police’s barricade of the Newman Vertical Campus Conference Center, at 55 Lexington Avenue, where the meeting was taking place, restricting access only to registered persons. “But a crowd of several hundred marchers pushed through the barricades and entered the lobby, where they were met by police officers with batons and handcuffs.”
This colligate protest and clash with police comes on the heels of Thursday’s International Day of Action that inspired NYC’s colleges students to act on their support of the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the current occupation of the New School’s Student Center.