DAVIS (CBS13) — The campus at UC Davis was quiet on Thanksgiving Thursday, with only a handful of tents up as students apparently took off for the holiday after a contentious week at the university.READ MORE: Rices Fire Updates: Some Evacuation Orders Lifted As Crews Make Progress In Fire Fight
Organizers, however, plan a campus-wide general strike on Monday to coincide with a statewide meeting of UC regents, the University of California system’s governing body. Students are protesting “sharp tuition increases, accompanied by millions in department and resource cuts, layoffs and furloughs,” according to a press release from protest organizers on Thursday.READ MORE: FDA Recommends Changing Composition Of Covid-19 Vaccines For Use This Fall
Tension at UC Davis spiked after campus police pepper sprayed peaceful protesters on the quad Friday. CBS13 filmed the encounter, and the video captured nationwide attention. The incident sparked cries for Chancellor Linda Katehi to resign and also led to the police chief and two officers being placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. One officer, Lt. John Pike, is seen in the video walking back and forth using the pepper spray on a line of seated students.
Katehi led a town hall meeting on Tuesday in which she reiterated that she would not step down, insisting she wanted to lead the healing process and promising a thorough review of the police department policies in regards to handling protests. She was shunned on Monday when addressing student protesters during their general assembly.MORE NEWS: After 43 Days On The Run, The Woman Accused Of Killing An Elite San Francisco Cyclist Was Captured In Costa Rica
Katehi handed out turkey sandwiches to protesters on Wednesday but was not on campus Thursday.