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9th December 2014

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Peaceful protestors appear to have been tear-gassed, kettled and threatened with batons during quiet protest against police brutality at UC Berkeley in California.

An almost ten minute video, which has been viewed nearly 170,000 times since it was uploaded on Sunday, begins with seemingly baton-happy police yelling at protestors to move back, whilst students try to make it clear that they have nowhere to go.

It goes on to show students screaming as police hit them with batons, as well as an obviously distressed girl being pulled away from officers by a person off-camera, before another protestor is heard declaring that “That are the same cops that attacked peaceful protestors earlier... we have a right to hold them accountable. A badge is not a license to kill, and it’s not a license to beat students either.”

The unnamed woman goes onto say that “We do this because a movement is growing across the country, because we are taking a stand.”

The protests are in response to recent alleged incidents of police brutality across the USA, and most recently over the death of Eric Garner, who died whilst being held in a chokehold by New York police in July this year after repeatedly telling officers that he couldn’t breathe.

There follows in the video chants of “The police state will fall, you can’t arrest us all,” before the sound of a baton can be heard off-camera.

Soon after, the police appear to begin tear-gassing students.

YouTube user bagheera, who uploaded the clip, claims that the demonstration began at 5pm local time on Saturday 6th December, when “hundreds of UC Berkeley students and Berkeley residents began a peaceful march from Sproul Plaza to the Berkeley Marina to protest the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and countless other brown and black youth at the hands of police.”

bagheera goes on to claim that “Along the way, police set up barricades and fired rubber bullets and smoke bombs, shattering one student's knee and causing another student to have a seizure. The injured were not allowed to seek medical attention and were instead corralled by riot police.

“The group eventually made its way back to Sproul Plaza, where students were once again kettled around the Bancroft/Telegraph area. This video begins with riot police forcing students south down Telegraph, which only caused more Cal, Berkeley High, and City College students to join the struggle.

“The demonstrators were pushed all the way down Telegraph by waves of tear gas until they reached the border of Oakland, where the riot police finally dissipated. This is a sample of what we were able to capture on two cameras - there's a lot we were unable to film.”

They then urge users to share the video in order to spread the word.

As of today (Tuesday), protests seem to be continuing – whilst #berkeleyprotests trended around midday, tweets suggested that protestors were blocking train tracks and roads.

Watch the full video below:

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