UC Davis pepper spray incident “iconic”

UC Davis pepper spray incident likened to Tiananmen Square

WRITTEN BY: Janelle Vreeland
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UC Davis protests

As protests continue on the UC Davis campus in response to students being pepper sprayed by campus police, some are seeing the incident as an iconic event.

The Daily Caller reports that Michael Moore likened the acts on the UC Davis campus to Tiananmen Square.

“This wasn’t a demonstration of 30,000,” Moore said. “This wasn’t a large encampment of 200 tents in Portland. This was just 11 students in a not very well known UC campus. And the images of this have resonated around the world in the same way that the lone young man standing in front of the tanks at Tiananmen Square resonated.”

Moore also spoke directly to UC Davis student Kase Wheatley,"[L]et me just say to Kase, I’m really sorry that this happened to you. This is not what is supposed to happen in the United States of America. And the fact that our police departments, now even campus police departments, have been turned into armies – they’ve been militarized mostly through grants from the Department of Homeland Security. And actions like this now are occurring it seems like, every day, all across the country.  But I want to say that what you did there – what happened there at UC Davis, which, by the way, is – my sister is a graduate of UC Davis. It was just 11 of you sitting there, 11 – just 11.”

Meanwhile, protests continue on the UC Davis campus with students calling for the resignation of UC Davis officials.

The image of the UC Davis officer pepper spraying protesters has indeed become iconic, quickly becoming a meme among Internet users. You can check out examples of the meme below.

Sunday in the Park,  Pepper-SprayedThe Last Supper, Pepper-SprayedElmo Occupies UC Davis

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