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|3/28 Los Angeles, CA: ARRESTS, CRACKDOWNS AND THREATS DIRECTED AT STUDENT PROTEST
Released 31 March 2006  By Don White - LA CISPES
ARRESTS, CRACKDOWNS AND THREATS DIRECTED AT
STUDENTS PROTESTING IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION;
CITY, EDUCATORS AND POLICE REVERSE "PERMISSIVE"
POLICY AND THREATEN RETALIATION AGAINST YOUTH
by don white
LOS ANGELES March 28, 2006
In a clear reversal by city officials, educators
and police, student protesters today faced campus
lockdowns, arrests and threats with both Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa and Schools Superintendent Ray Romer
threatening consequences to further student protests
Police have made it clear they will no longer
tolerate traffic closings and freeway protests.
In a driving rain, thousands of students again left
their campuses, often climbing over school fences, and
targeted government buildings, freeways and streets
calling for no government attacks on their families,
neighborhoods and communities.
At Carson High School police firmly brought to the
ground a student protester, handcuffed him and booked
him. The behavior of police was clearly an angry and
brutal response. Several arrests at Carson High and in
areas around high schools were reported.
At a joint press conference, Mayor Villaraigosa and
School Superintendent Ray Romer firmly told students
to stay in class or face the consequences. Romer said
that families which did not have their students in
class may be called in for conferences. He mentioned
that the senior class should especially not take part
in the protests, sending a threat about graduation
Arrests took place on two freeways where traffic
jams were created by students blocking the highway.
Live television coverage showed ten or twelve students
lined up, facing the cement wall of the freeway,
handcuffed and being prepared for transfer to a police
A heavy rain did not deter 200 students from again
gathering at City Hall but no arrests or incidents
were reported there.
Numbers of protesters were down significantly from
yesterday but the militancy remained high. But some
student leaders, probably encouraged by school
authorities, encouraged students to remain on campus.
The general theme was "We've made our point; now we
might be hurting ourselves."
Students here in Los Angeles, obviously motivated
partly by the 600,000 to 700,000 people who marched
last Saturday, have stunned city officials and police
with their organizing and militancy. Overwhelmingly
the student protests have been non-violent,
well-organized and clearly focused on the issues, with
signs and banners often targeting the House version of
the legislation which calls for building a wall on the
border, making felons of immigrants and criminalizing
those who help undocumented immigrants.
When asked about the Senate Judiciary Committee
action yesterday, which some organizers have described
as positive, one student remarked, "We know that can
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