UC Santa Cruz College Republicans meeting disrupted by leftist demonstrators, three arrested

Protesters disrupted a College Republicans meeting at UC Santa Cruz.


Left-wing protesters interrupted a College Republicans meeting the night of Sunday to Monday in the library of the University of California, Santa Cruz, calling members of the “fascists,” “racists” and “white supremacists” during a long demonstration that ended in three arrests.


Although the College Republicans in the first instance, offered to speak with protesters, who show refused to leave and demanded in place of the Republicans to the end of their meeting. One person in attendance, a Democrat, stood on, however, and defended his right-leaning fellow students.

“I immediately stood up and confronted them,” Phil Leonard told Fox News. “I was the only one to stand up and confront.”

The director of the school of news and media relations, Scott Hernandez-Jason, expressed disappointment in the episode.

“It is unfortunate and disappointing that a few students disrupted their meeting and refused repeated requests to leave,” Hernandez-Jason, told Fox News in an e-mail. “UC Santa Cruz strong support of our rights to peacefully and lawfully assemble.”

The demonstration came about as a far left activist found out the College Republicans were meeting on the ground floor of the library in a small rectangular room with one entrance and poor mobile service and posted on the details of a UCSC Facebook group with nearly 20,000 members, Leonard said.

“She put a dog whistle for a crazy or deranged person to stop white supremacy,” Leonard said.

A core group of three protesters, along with a few others, showed up, shouting chants such as “No Asset, no KKK, no fascist USA!”

Leonard said one of the protesters looked at him and said to him: “Your existence is a disruption of every marginalized person in this country.”

“You don’t know who you’re talking to,” he said, ” he replied. “First and foremost, I am a registered Democrat. I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life, and I am here to speak for the ideas and that is what you need to do at a college.”

Leonard, a fourth-year politics major, said that he went to college Republican meetings last May, when he is working on a piece for his moderate campus publication, City on a Phil, and he began with the placing of the Democrat friends with him. Leonard said that the conduct in particular had him because he’s Jewish, and that he immediately connected with the actions of the protesters – seeking to shut down free speech — with the actions of the Nazis.

“That is literally how fascists think,” he said. “This guy is literally a fascist.”

Soon, students studying in the library began to complain. A librarian entered and, at a given moment, asked the College Republicans to leave in an attempt to de-escalate the situation. The group, however, refused.

One of the protesters bolts from the room and started running up and down the library stairs shouting about “Nazis” and “white supremacists.”

“I didn’t know who that crazy chick was, but her brochures about the school, so when I said her name, she turned,” Leonard said. “They turned out even more when I told her I voted for her [for the Student Union Assembly election].”

When the librarian came back with her boss, the protesters accused her of a white supremacist. The campus police were eventually called, but the protesters still refused to stop the disruption. A black officer showed up and the protesters responded by explaining racism and white supremacy to him, Leonard said.

“Almost all the people in the library, usually liberal on this point, started to get angry with them, and laugh at them and told them to leave,” Leonard said. “The whole school and the whole library turned against them.”

Despite attempts by the police to negotiate a peaceful conclusion, Leonard said that the protestors insisted on being arrested.

They got their wish. The trio of students were arrested for disturbing the peace, not to distribute, unlawful assembly and trespassing, Hernandez-Jason said.

Leonard posted video of the incident on the same UCSC Facebook page of the protest organizer originally used for the planning of the demonstration. Other campus groups, many of them liberal, put out statements condemning the actions of the disruptors, Leonard said.

“If there is a social stigma against College Republicans, that stigma is gone now,” Leonard said. “In principle, everything what the protesters wanted, exactly the opposite happened.”

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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