Approximately 50 people from around the state of New Mexico, including Santa Fe, Farmington, Los Lunas, and Albuquerque, joined together in a statewide General Assembly to share reports of their work and strategize around coordinating actions in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Unfortunately more than 25 UNM police officers barred the group from meeting on campus in Yale Park, despite the participation of UNM faculty, students, employees and alumni. The statewide GA was forced onto the city sidewalk along Central Avenue.
Four people were arrested when they moved from the statewide GA onto campus. Two are currently enrolled, tuition paying UNM students. One of the students was shoved by two police officers and thrown to the ground.
Participants in the statewide General Assembly marched to the UNM police station to demand to know why the chief of the UNM police had barred the use of campus. They could not get an answer. Participants of the statewide General Assembly then held a solidarity rally outside the booking center where those arrested were detained.
UNM faculty have written letters to the UNM newspaper, the Daily Lobo, condemning the actions of the unversity and police against the General Assembly.
Local media covered the day’s events, including:
Video footage of the arrests: