SFSU sit-in ends with early-morning arrests

More than 20 people were arrested and released Thursday morning after a group barricaded themselves inside San Francisco State University’s Business building with a list of more than 20 demands such as ending “imperialist wars’’ and “that student loans be forgiven.’’

Police arrested 12 people who got into the three-story building around 4 a.m. Wednesday, locked the doors and barricaded them with piles of chairs and desks, according to SF State spokeswoman Ellen Griffin. Another 11 protesters outside the building were also charged with misdemeanors for resisting arrest and for unlawful assembly. Two more were arrested at 19th and Holloway, police said.

After hours of trying to make contact with the group inside, who are not necessarily all SF State students, Griffin said, police entered around 3:15 a.m.

Around 5 a.m. the building was clear, the tables and desks had been put back and classes were able to start as scheduled this morning.

Griffin said the barricade affected more than 3,200 students, 49 faculty members, 13 staff, 110 users of computer work stations, 25 students using study space and visitors to faculty for advising who also use the building.

She said the university made a congregation area for teachers to connect with students, but most classes were canceled.

The people inside the building had made a list of more than 20 demands online, stating, “…we are not in the mood of negotiating (we’re running on no sleep), and neither is the administration, so the only logical conclusion: we are still here, and we ain’t goin’ nowhere.’’

Griffin said administrators knew the demands were outside their purview.

“We were also told they didn’t necessarily expect their demands to be met,’’ she said.

After police arrested the protesters, a group headed to 19th Avenue and Holloway to continue the protest.

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