UC Riverside Discusses January Protest Clash

Nine officers were injured and two people were arrested during a protest earlier this month

More than a week after protests at a UC board of regents meeting resulted in two arrests and several officers injured, students gathered at UC Riverside to discuss the path forward.

"Today is clearly a different mood, we’re having a discussion about what happened," one student said.

On-going budget cuts and tuition hikes have been at the heart of many student protests, which tend to follow UC regents meetings.

The most recent meeting at UCR on Jan. 19 ended in nine UC officers being injured and two non-students being arrested.

UCR professor Susan Straight said that while the UC system is financially burdened, her campus is growing.

Wednesday marked a day for an organized discussion about a massive problem that isn’t going away.

"We do stuff here nobody else does," Straight told the crowd. "We have entomologists, scientists, engineers; we have writers."

While nothing has soothed the sting of tuition hikes, some students said they plan to file complaints alleging misconduct against UC police.

All ten UC’s have been dealing with budgets cuts, which have been a flashpoint for anger.

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