Police Arrest 30 In CIA Campus Protests
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Police hauled away 30 protesters who tried unsuccessfully to disrupt CIA recruitment interviews Wednesday at the University of Iowa, campus officials said.
The 30, including two juveniles, were charged with criminal trespass for refusing to leave the building. Some also were charged with criminal mischief and interfering with official acts, said university spokesman Tom Bauer.
Seventeen campus and Iowa City police carried most of the protesters to a waiting university bus from the third-floor and fourth-floor landings of the Westlawn building on the west side of campus.
Officials used other entrances to the building to get candidates past the protesters. All interviews scheduled with the CIA took place although some had to be delayed because of the protest, Bauer said.
Julia Mears, assistant to the university president, warned those in the building that they were subject to disciplinary action by the university and arrest for criminal trespass.
The arrested demonstrators were released on signature bonds and no court date was set.
Three people were arrested earlier Wednesday after an all-night vigil to protest CIA recruiting on campus. The arrests came after protesters entered the building and attempted to block an entrance, university officials said.
Two university students, one a juvenile, were charged with interference with official acts, and an Iowa City man who is not a student was charged with interference and simple assault. All three were released on bond.
In a similar protest in February, 25 people were arrested at a university office sit-in. A Johnson County jury found 23 of them innocent of criminal trespass charges and two pleaded guilty.
The university has an enrollment of 29,133 students.