Thirty Santa Monica College students were pepper sprayed Tuesday night, with two needing medical assistance, after a clash with campus police during a protest over tuition hikes.
SMC’s student newspaper The Corsair reports students were attempting to forcefully enter a boardroom in the school’s business building, chanting “No cuts, no fees, education should be free.”
While dozens of students stood packed outside the boardroom to protest the trustees’ decision to “raise fees under the contract education program”, police sprayed them with pepper spray, also dousing a four-year-old girl who got caught in the crossfire.
“There was no justification for that,” one of the victims told the newspaper. “The board knew there would be this many students there. They should have relocated to a bigger venue.”
Trustees were evacuated after the incident, and the meeting was “reconvened into an open forum for the student protesters to offer their public comments.
Watch the chilling footage of police dousing students in pepper spray below:
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