19 arrested in Rutgers CIA protest

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Police arrested 19 demonstrators at Rutgers University Thursday during protests led by activist Abby Hoffman against CIA recruiting on campus.

The protestors were charged with obstructing entrances to Old Queens, the university's main administration building, a university police detective said.


He said they would be issued summonses and released.

Hoffman, who was arrested in similar demonstrations at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst last month, talked with the protesters during the afternoon but left before the first arrests.

About 50 or 60 demonstrators blocked the entrances to Rutgers' main administration building Thursday afternoon, protesting the university's policy of allowing CIA recruiters on campus.

There was no violence and no injuries during the demonstration and those arrested went voluntarily, university spokeswoman Barbara Dawson said. No CIA recruiters are on campus this week, she said.

Six protesters were arrested in late afternoon and 13 more were taken into custody about 6:45 p.m., about five minutes after university police Chief Thomas Thompson ordered the crowd to disperse, Dawson said.

Hoffman and Amy Carter, daughter of former President Carter, were among 60 demonstrators arrested Nov. 24 in an anti-CIA recruitment demonstration at the University of Massachusetts.


Hoffman, 50, and Carter, 19, were arraigned in Northampton DistrictCourt Nov. 25. Pretrial conferences were scheduled in January.

Hoffman, one of the organizers of the Youth International Party, a protest group better known as the Yippies, also was a member of the Chicago Seven, a group of anti-Vietnam War activists convicted of organizing violent demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention in 1968. The convictions were overturned on appeal.

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