UC Berkeley has another Vichy-Nazi Chancellor? So it seems. “
And then last Thursday, UC—Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau sent an e-mail to the entire campus defending the actions of the police both that afternoon and in a more violent clash later in the evening.
“It is unfortunate that some protesters chose to obstruct the police by linking arms and forming a human chain to prevent the police from gaining access to the tents,” Birgeneau wrote in the e-mail. “This is not non-violent civil disobedience.”
Birgeneau characterized the police actions as being “forced” and expressed regret for “all injuries, to protesters and police, that resulted from this effort.” (It’s worth noting that there are no reports of police injuries, though several protesters reported suffering broken ribs and severe bruising.)”