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Letter by Protest Organizations on Malkin
After the protest, a number of student leaders representing the groups that were present met with Sid Patel to sign off on a letter describing their position. The Daily Cal ran an edited version of this letter, and left off the group names that supported the statement. Below is the text of the letter and the campus groups which were signatories:
The united protest on Wednesday, September 8, gave students whose voices are seldom heard an opportunity to speak out against the bigotry of Michelle Malkin.
Some supporters of Malkin chose to bring signs of their own recognizing her right to speak.
A protester has a sign reading "This Brave College Republican is too busy 'defending' Michelle Malkin to fight in IRAQ." which he held above the head of members of BCR.
Sid Patel, the organizer behind the letter signed off on by the campus organizations that took part in the protest can be seen here during one of the chants.
Two protesters can be seen here taunting one of the members of BCR>
There was at least one police officer guarding the entrance to 145 Dwinelle during the entire speech.
This unidentified girl was leading one of the chants during the protest.
A large crowd or protesters can be see here chanting slogans denouncing racism, with BCR members visible in the back of the photo (you can tell them by their yellow ribbons) and a police officer by the door.
Bruce, the lone counter-protester that I saw showed up with his Bush Cheney shirt to argue with the protesters.
Members of BCR stood outside of 145 Dwinelle during the speech, and here two members of the group can be seen standing in front of the protesters. They had very little interaction with the protesters, and for the most part refused to engage them in any dialogue.
There was a large number of professional reporters at the event, and I saw news vans parked outside on Bancroft and spoke to a KRON 4 reporter who was there.
Amaury Gallais got on a table and used a bullhorn to ask the protesters to leave. They shouted him down, and refused to leave.
The protesters first grouped up right inside of the doors to Dwinelle before moving further inside until they were right outside the doors to 145 Dwinelle.
Protesters can be seen packing the hallway in Dwinelle between 145 and 155. The Asian American students in the far left of the picture (behind the tables and wearing the yellow shirts) are members of AAA, which was meeting in 155 Dwinelle during Malkin's speech.
Dean Kenney was inside for much of the speech, as well as outside in the hallway of Dwinelle later in the night for part of the protest.
I counted between 10-12 Police Officers at the event, including the woman in the light blue shirt who had that camera running during the entire protest. This is an extremely wise move in my mind, as it will aid the police in pursuing any charges against a suspect as well as defending against accusations of abuse if there is a video record of what appeared.
Right at 7:00 the protesters outside lined up with the Asian groups on the right, and the socialists on the left to chant slogans together.
Some Berkeley students showed off their sense of humor while protesting Malkin's speech.
Members of the Spartacus Youth Club held a picket line on the stairs.
These protesters were singing a song in (Tagalog?) while waiting for Malkin to leave the room she went to after the speech
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