DAVIS (CBS13) — Hundreds of Occupy UC Davis student protesters marched into the school’s financial office on Monday.READ MORE: FDA Recommends Changing Composition Of Covid-19 Vaccines For Use This Fall
“No cuts, no fees, education must be free!” the students chanted with passion inside Dutton Hall, which houses the university’s Cashier’s Office.
“I think sending people here is a symbolic message,” protester Monica Smith told CBS13.
Their message: the cost of their education too high and their input is too small.
The day started with a more direct message to UC regents, who were meeting at four UC campuses, including UC Davis, and statewide via teleconference .READ MORE: After 43 Days On The Run, The Woman Accused Of Killing An Elite San Francisco Cyclist Was Captured In Costa Rica
“The state has let us down and you have let us down,” one protester said. “You raise tuition on every opportunity you can and police by trigger-happy cops who do not miss an opportunity to show their brutal side.”
“We demand that you do not implement these fee hikes and we demand we demand that you stand with the students on this campus.”
Also in attendance was embattled UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, who listened to continued demands she quit after the now infamous incident in which two UC Davis officers pepper sprayed student protesters more than a week ago.
Assembly Speaker John Perez attended the UC regents meeting and released a statement saying he was “very encouraged by the articulate and passionate voices of the students. I reiterated my call for an independent investigation into the incidents at UC Berkeley and UC Davis.”MORE NEWS: Getting Answers: What Do Increased Releases From Folsom Dam Mean For Region's Water Levels?
Later Monday, students held a candlelight vigil for victims of the pepper spraying. The also agreed on a list of demands to present to the university, including the resignation of Katehi. A petition asking for her resignation has garnered more than 107,000 signatures, but Katehi has repeatedly insisted she has no plans on stepping down.