Eight Protesters Face Criminal Charges for Occupy Cal

Court documents obtained by the Daily Cal show that protesters in the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal demonstration are being charged with resisting arrest, obstructing a thoroughfare and — in more than one case — allegedly beating an officer.

The criminal charges for protesters who took part in the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal demonstration are coming to light, thanks to court documents obtained by the Daily Cal

Eight people face misdemeanor charges for their involvement in the protest , including six UC Berkeley students, one professor and one activist group organizer. 

Each one is being charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a thoroughfare, and two face the additional allegation of assaulting an officer. Arraignment is set for 9 a.m. March 19 and 20 at Oakland's Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse.

On Tuesday, Occupy Cal supporters and activists held a press conference near campus , and to demand that the charges against the protesters be dropped.

In November, , but against UC Berkeley police, claiming that the allegations were an inaccurate representation of the events on Nov. 9. 

The protesters facing charges are: UC Berkeley students Jasper Bernes, Shane Boyle, Amanda Armstrong, Ricardo Gomez, Zakary Habash and Ramon Quintero; associate English professor Celeste Langan; and BAMN organizer Yvette Felarca. 


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