Left-wing protesters at the University of California-Berkeley earlier this month stormed the stage during a speech from Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.
The forum, held in the university’s Zellerbach Hall on March 2, was interrupted by a group know as the Student Labor Committee over claims the school is mistreating contract workers.
Despite Ulrich voluntarily giving the protesters an opportunity to voice their concerns prior to the event, members of the group stormed the stage mid-speech before grabbing one of the forum attendees in an attempt to steal his microphone.
“A small student group that calls itself the Student Labor Committee, or SLC, decided to use physical violence to attempt to disrupt this event,” an op-ed in The Daily Californian says. “Though quick and professional action by the police prevented worse from occurring, it was a sickening moment.”
Following the confrontation, the Student Labor Committee took to Facebook to accuse the police of assaulting “a student who valiantly stood up for our workers at an event.”
“We are currently outside the Berkeley City Jail following UCPD’s assault of a student who valiantly stood up for our workers at an event,” the group wrote. “Marc Benioff, a multi-billionaire, and Metallica drummer, Lars Ulrich, came to our university to speak about their philanthropy and self-righteous accomplishments while completely undermining the blatant exploitation that occurs on campus.”
The student, who was charged with trespassing according to the group, was later bailed out of jail after receiving donations.