UC Davis students protest use of pepper spray

  • Student Colin Braun holds up a sign on the University of California-Davis campus in Davis, Calif., Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 before a rally after police pepper-sprayed peaceful demonstrators during an anti-Wall Street protest at the same spot on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

DAVIS — Students at the University of California, Davis on Monday protested the use of pepper spray at an Occupy encampment, as university officials scrambled to ease tension on the Northern California campus.

Nearly 2,000 students and residents gathered at the main quad to hear speeches and chant slogans against police and university officials.

They were spurred on by widely circulating videos of riot police using pepper spray Friday as they broke up the Occupy UC Davis encampment. Police sprayed students who were sitting passively with their arms linked.

Students who were pepper-sprayed opened the protest on Monday, saying they now feel unsafe on campus.

"We were just kids sitting down in a circle singing," said mechanical engineering student David Buscho, 22, of San Rafael. "It felt like hot glass ... I was paralyzed with fear."

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