On Friday, campus officials issued the following statement about People’s Park:
The appeals court has imposed a new injunction temporarily barring UC Berkeley from continuing construction work at People’s Park, as well as any other activity at the site not necessary for public health and safety.
Although this new injunction will add further delays and significant additional costs to the project, we are pleased that the court has agreed to an expedited process. We are also satisfied with the court’s decision to allow the campus to close and secure the building site pending the swift ruling. The campus is now considering options to get it done in a safe and efficient way.
While we are appalled that some individuals are prepared to engage in dangerous, violent and illegal activity as a way of expressing opposition to the project, our commitment to addressing an acute student housing crisis and to supporting members of our community who are not at home, steadfast. We are confident in the strength of our legal position and will explore all possible options to make up for lost time.
To learn more about the People’s Park project, visit the People’s Park Housing page.
In addition, campus officials on Thursday released the following information about Wednesday’s protest activity:
Yesterday, due to the destruction of building materials, illegal protest activity and violence by some protesters, the university decided to pause construction work on the People’s Park residential area. All building personnel were withdrawn out of concern for their safety. During preparations and planning for the start of construction, safety has been the university’s highest priority, and so it is now. In the coming days, the campus will assess the situation to find out how best to proceed with the construction of this urgent student housing project.
There were 7 arrests on charges including PC 243(b): Battery on a Peace Officer, PC 602(o): Trespassing and 148(a)(1): Resisting, Obstructing, Delaying an Officer.
2 officers were injured.
1 of the arrestees was released after a custody appeal and taken to hospital for minor injuries.
We documented a range of crimes including theft, vandalism, battery (via push) and assault via caustic liquid (urine).