Davis, CA – Thousands of students are overflowing the Quad, a central square on the University of California Davis campus today, to ask Chancellor Linda Katehi to resign following a teargassing of students by police last week. Over 60,000 people have signed a petition for her resignation.
Fighting back tears, Katehi spoke to the crowd, which was jeering, hissing, and shouting for her to resign. She apologized, made a brief reference to the 1973 protests that ripped through her Alma mater campus in Greece, and then left after being swamped by reporters.
The UC Davis English department has issued a recommendation to ban city police activity on campus and disband the campus police force. Protesters are also calling for a federal investigation into the teargassing, arguing that prosecutions should be made.
Students are currently deliberating on a general strike which would take place on the Monday following Thanksgiving.
– Ozzie Zehner