Students were not violent during protests
Kenneth A. Ellis '93's suggestion ["Unruly mob should not affect divestment," April 13] to transfer to another school is rather silly. As protesters of injustice, we feel obliged to stay where we are and try to implement changes there, instead of tucking our tails between our legs and retreating like a slinking jackal. I earnestly hope Ellis will one day overcome his fears and grasp reality boldly instead of evading it. Also, to him humane administrations are "soft and weak" and obviously repressive ones worthy of high appraisal. I seriously doubt his moral convictions and hope that eventually he will condemn acts of repression instead of attesting them.
As for Alan M. Steele '93's accusation of students attacking police ["Unruly mob should not affect divestment," April 13], I have to say that the accusation is unjustified. I was participating in the rally (in fact I was arrested!), and I did not see anyone attacking the police. The police were pushing and pulling students, shouting to intimidate them <>
and employing other forms of violence.
It is absurd to think that the police were assaulted, when three to four policemen manhandled and dragged individual students from inside and around the shanty. None of the policemen seemed to be hurt when they were identifying the arrested students in the Cambridge police station -- in fact many seemed to be in a good mood. If the police are so weak that they feel assaulted by a group of peaceful protesters they do not deserve to hold their jobs -- imagine how they would feel dealing with violent criminals.
Khondkar Iftekhar Ahmed G->