After the 5 pm rally in front of Wheeler entered the building, occupants decided to try hold it beyond its 10 pm closing time. In the end, as cops swarmed over the building, 17 students decided to remain inside. All were arrested some time after 11:30. About 150 supporters gathered in front of the north and south exits while cops lined the perimeter.
At around 11:50 a police van tried to make its way to the north side of the building, but a number of supporters sat down in its path. Others gathered behind the van. During the scuffle we learned that all 17 had already been escorted off the premises, presumably via the south exit. They are currently being booked at Berkeley Jail at Addison and MLK. All of those not on probation should be out around 2:30 am.
We’ll post pictures from the evening’s festivities tomorrow. It sounds like there will be a support rally at noon on Monday, March 7; we’ll confirm this as soon as possible. There will also be a rally at 2 pm on Friday, March 4 at the Laney student facing charges’ hearing. Supporters will be demanding that all charges be dropped unconditionally. You can find the backstory and further details here.