[Marxism] “If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with” -- When Ronald Reagan sent troops into Berkeley

Alan Ginsberg ginsberg.alan1 at gmail.com
Thu May 9 10:21:25 MDT 2019

East Bay Yesterday
May 8, 2019

50 years ago, a group of students, activists and community members
transformed a muddy, junk-filled parking lot into a park. When the
University of California, under heavy pressure from Gov. Ronald Reagan,
tore up the grass and surrounded the land with a heavily-guarded fence,
this response triggered a surreal and tragic set of events. The maelstrom
of violence that engulfed Berkeley in May 1969 would be almost impossible
to believe if the cameras hadn’t been rolling.

Dozens were shot, hundreds were arrested, and thousands were teargassed –
protesters and innocent bystanders alike. During the military occupation of
Berkeley by National Guardsmen, a helicopter launched a chemical attack on
the University campus, children were surrounded by bayonet-wielding
soldiers, and journalists were detained under the supervision of brutally
sadistic guards. Following the upheaval, Gov. Reagan cracked, “If it takes
a bloodbath, let’s get it over with, no more appeasement.”

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