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Unruly mob should not affect divestment (2)

Unlike the editors of The Tech, I do not feel betrayed by the actions of the Campus Police on Friday and Monday. I think they were clearly within their rights to remove the shanty that was erected on the lawn in front of the Student Center. The protesters had no right to put their shanty on that lawn without permission.

The various letters in the opinion pages called the demonstration a "peaceful protest." It was not. I was a witness to the demonstration: Many protesters were antagonizing, pushing and hitting the police officers who were trying to remove the shanty. I am surprised that more of the protesters were not arrested for assaulting police officers.

My only sympathy in this affair is for the unfortunate officers of the Campus Police who were assaulted, beaten and bruised by the demonstrators. The Campus Police have a tough job already; violent hordes of unruly, self-righteous bozos aren't making it any easier.

Alan Steele '91->