Threats of violence force UC Regents to postpone meeting

Officials at the University of California said today they’re postponing their planned regents meeting in San Francisco after they received credible threats of violence.

In a statement, UC President Mark Yudoff and regents Sherry Lansing and Bruce Varner said police warned them last week that “rogue elements” planned to infiltrate peaceful protestors at the Wednesday and Thursday meetings this week. Police told UC leaders there was a “real danger of significant violence and vandalism.”

So after a recommendation from police, the UC leaders decided to schedule the meeting for another date — and possibly another location. They said in the statement that a tuition increase "was never part of the agenda for this meeting."

The Bay Area's become a simmering pot of anti-Wall Street activism as authorities have moved to dismantle the Occupy Oakland protest while UC officials faced criticism after university police in riot gear last week hit students with batons to hold back a protest at UC Berkeley. Students at that campus plan a walkout this week.

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