Protests as part of a national Day of Action yesterday on the campus of University of California Berkeley resulted in 17 arrests late last night. The Day of Action was organized as a protest against cuts to education. Yesterday’s protests, gathering at most 200 students, were considerably smaller than in previous years.

The 17 had entered Wheeler Hall as part of the protest and remained in the building, sitting in a circle with their arms linked, following the 10 p.m. closing time. All 17 were arrested and charged with refusing to leave a building after closing hours. Three of the 17 were additionally charged with obstructing police officers in the line of duty. The three were named by UC Police as Elizabeth Bamaca, Jason Ozolins, and Michael Veremans.

The video above of an earlier stage of the sit-in in Wheeler Hall just before the arrests was made by UC Berkeley graduate journalism student Jake Schoneker. Schoneker’s other videos of the protests can be found here.

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...