Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, November 17, 2011
(11-17) 06:55 PST BERKELEY — Police in riot gear surprised campers with an early morning raid on the Occupy Cal encampment in Sproul Plaza today, arresting two protesters and removing about 20 tents.
Police surrounded the 40 or so campers at 3:30 a.m. in front of Sproul Hall, UC Berkeley’s main administration building, and gave them 10 minutes to grab their gear and go. All but two did.
Alex Kim, 24, an English major, was arrested after he stood in front of police officers and flashed peace signs with both hands.
“We’re coming back,” said Kim, who confronted officers with his cat on his shoulder. Other protesters took the cat as Kim was being led away.
Mike Porter, 24, who identified himself as an Occupy Oakland member, was arrested without incident after he refused to get up from the stairs leading up to Sproul Hall. Both he and Kim were booked into an Alameda County jail in Oakland on suspicion of unlawful assembly and failing to disperse.