Police have moved in to end the hunger strike at the University of California Berkeley. The hunger strikers are protesting Arizona’s recently passed immigration law.

We’ll get more details as they emerge.

Update 7:07 a.m. The police are ordering the strikers to disperse. The strikers are being told that they will be arrested if they don’t end the strike. The police have blocked off the area in front of California Hall, where the hunger strikers are gathered.

Update 7:25 a.m. Hunger strike organizers have called for a rally in support at 9 a.m.

Update 7:42 a.m. Callie Maidhof, who seems to be the go-to tweeter on the hunger strike, writes that the sprinklers are about to be turned on, which would soak the strikers. Her comment: “Gardening as counterinsurgency?”

Update 8:55 a.m. Callie Maidhof reports that UC workers refused to turn the sprinklers on the protesters. Vice-chancellor George Breslauer has emailed the entire UC Berkeley community with an official explanation of why the administration decided to end the hunger strike. It’s for the “health and safety” of the hunger strikers, he writes.

Lance Knobel

Lance Knobel (co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine in Britain,...

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  1. Is anyone else bothered by the presence of news helicopters hovering over areas for long periods of time? This seems to happen particularly in the morning when all the traffic ‘copters are out. My sense is that you can get much better coverage “on the ground” than in the air. I used to live on 10th Street, and the ‘copters hovering over the freeway seemed to happen way too often, and it’s amazing how loud they are even ten blocks away.

    I know that in some ways I’m being petty–covering the news is more important than my sleep or sense of peace and quite–but it also seems like there’s not much good news coverage from these helicopters hovering above, only perhaps a few “good” video bites.

  2. I was wondering about the helicopters as I left for work this morning.

    Independant of the particular issue I think using sprinklers to break up a protest is a refreshingly non-violent solution. Especially coming from a “police” force that does not have a history of restraint.