Seven "Occupy FIU" Protesters Arrested UPDATED

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​Last November, "Occupy FIU" gathered at the Deuxieme Maison pit on the school's West Miami-Dade campus and decried excessive student loans, Wall Street bankers, and money in politics.

Yesterday, they tried to do it again. This time, seven people -- including two FIU students -- were arrested.

The arrests just might be the first for South Florida's "Occupy" movement, and a signal that local officialdom's attitude towards the protesters is changing.

UPDATE: "The FIU 7," as the group is calling itself on Facebook, were released from jail at 1:30 p.m.

Protesters told FIU Student Media that the event had "hardly started" when cops began arresting people.

"We were making no noise, there was nothing playing, it was really peaceful," Victoria Aguila told FIUSM. "When someone stood up to say 'let's go to the lawn,' they removed us. We were asked to leave, but when one of our members spoke up to try to get the people to the lawn, he was arrested."

"We are moving to the DC lawn because we can't be here," another student shouted. "But if you are unhappy with how the school treats you, write a letter to the administration."

That's when police swooped in.

"We asked them to stop, to move and leave. They refused," FIU spokeswoman Maydel Santana-Bravo told The Miami Herald.

But the protesters insist they were cooperating. They say they checked ahead of time with the FIU ombudsman, who told them that they didn't need a permit.



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Alex Rosales
Alex Rosales

6 of the 7 people's charges have been dropped by the way.

Anonymus112
Anonymus112

I agree that maybe it was excessive to arrest those students. But it was within the bounds of the law. I witnessed the event from a far, and I can say that neither side is in the right. Those students were being excessively loud near classrooms (during class time). They also had been there for a while, it had not just "hardly started." Also, I think the Occupy movement at this point is provoking arrests in order to get a point across, its excessive. 

Polly
Polly

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El Ojo de tu madre
El Ojo de tu madre

occupy public property instead of private FIU ? getting into peoples minds is as viral as propaganda.. good hearts but heads in the wrong place

Recent College Grad
Recent College Grad

The public University system in FL is incredibly underpriced compared to the national average. A 12 percent tuition increase is beyond justified due to the state of Florida's economic woes. Occupy Protestor=homeless drug addicted low life masquarading as College students/ recent Grads

nanook5
nanook5

the money being taken from education to continue to spend on wars is a crime of theft from millions of americans. now the crooks have armed thugs around to make sure we're not allowed to talk about it too openly.

OccupyTheClassroom
OccupyTheClassroom

Way to go idiots. Now go to class and get a fucking education instead of imitating what other people do. 

Fiu
Fiu

Occupy FIU for substandard education, terrible service to students and no standards for acceptance.

Recent College Grad
Recent College Grad

FIU is a public University and is thus PUBLIC property albeit with some additional restrictions . I do not agree with the protestors but I do believe that Universities should be the center of discussion and the free speech rights of the protestors should always be protected and more protected than in a public park.

nanook5
nanook5

4 months in and people are still trying to stick with "homeless drug addicts?" goodbye troll.

seep
seep

tuition for everyone should be free, just like health care should be free

Anonymous
Anonymous

Very constructive comment right there. I applaud you. Either you don't go to FIU or don't know about the (last I heard) 12% raise in tuition that students will have to pay for. They may be imitating others but hell I appreciate them getting the information out there. I've seen them on campus every time and it's not like they are being nuisance. The Occupy Movement may look like a bunch lazy hippies but if it wasn't for them a good percentage of the student would not have even realized before it was too late.

Mike Rivero
Mike Rivero

it is really easy to say that, especially since its what the media tells you to say. These people go out of their way and try really hard to get their word across to faculty and administration. When everyone ignores them, they try to hold events to raise awareness. Personally, i support them for fighting to limit tuition hikes among other things. what is it that upsets you so much about them?

JAVster
JAVster

They're free in Cuba.  Just 90 miles or so South of you.  There may not be much of anything else there, but you can get that free healthcare and tuition there.  Talk to some of your fellow alumnus about why they left all that awesome free stuff to this oppressive system which insists on charging us for goods and services.  Seems like many risk there lives all the time to forego this desperately necessary entitlement.

Boxcarwillie
Boxcarwillie

Then go amend the constitution because there is no right to free tuition and healthcare.  Why should these be free?  Because you believe them to be essential I presume?  If so why stop there?  What about food, housing, clothing?  Aren't these essential as well? So you should be advocating that these should be free as well.  How about transportation? Yes, free cars for everyone!  The problem is that you have your head up your back side and are too dim to realize that NOTHING is free. Without a profit motive nothing will be produced.  Socialism = decay.

OccupyTheClassroom
OccupyTheClassroom

I actually go to FIU. And everytime I walked by their old spot behind GC I couldn't help but think how goddamn stupid these people are. Want to change something? Talk to Rosenberg, talk to the board. Don't set up camp in a lawn like a goddamn boy scout and pretend that you're changing something, because guess what? You aren't changing SHIT. 

Anonymous
Anonymous

The media is either portraying them as lazy hippies or masked hoodlums. Some people just don't know and make false assumptions without even looking the facts up.

nanook5
nanook5

COMMUNISTA! COMMUNISTA! BOOGITY!

Mario Mendoza
Mario Mendoza

While we shouldn't be wasting money on weapons, you're an asswipe Nanook, FUCK YOU.

You, Boxcarwillie and Recent College Grad should all go to Cuba, and stay there.

Mario Mendoza
Mario Mendoza

Germany is social-democratic, and they're bailing everyone else out.

nanook5
nanook5

food housing and clothing are all produced in such degrees today that they should be free already, they ONLY HAVE VALUE because of corporate control of profit keeps the money in the hands of the bosses instead of the buyers and producers. and guess what, guys-who-can-only-say-move-to-cuba-when-faced-with-a-real-discussion -  cuba doesn't blow up innocent people all over the world every day for the last 10 years for money...FUCK AMERICA!

Recent College Grad
Recent College Grad

If you want Free Tuition and Free Healthcare there's only one country in this hemisphere I know.... Cuba..... and I know noone is dying to go back there

seep
seep

"without a profit motive nothing will be produced"

Absolutely.  The nation profits from a healthy, well-educated citizenry.

Lots of things are already socialized, like security and defense. But there is so much waste in these areas.  What would happen if half of the money devoted to the war on drugs (say 100 billion a year) were dedicated instead to free education for all?  Something to consider.

Mario Mendoza
Mario Mendoza

You've obviously never been part of any activist group at FIU and/ or have never tried to talk to a higher-up at FIU. You'll be ignored and have every door shut at your face.

OccupyTheClassroom
OccupyTheClassroom

Talking to the head of a multi-million dollar entity requires *gasp* PAPERWORK?! oh my god! 

Get real, go through the steps, bureaucracy exists everywhere. Demands are being heard, there is no question about that. This is something that is impossible to ignore, specially after the publicity that it has gained after the arrests.

Mike Rivero
Mike Rivero

talk to Rosenberg? he walked by the camp and ignored every question they asked him! Administration, they have walked office to office, just to be sent to another office and required paper work to even see anyone. Dude? you go to FIU? why dont you try to reach the administration, tell me if you get through...

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