BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- An angry mob descended on the home of University of California-Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, breaking windows and throwing torches, police said.
Eight of the estimated 75 people who took part in the Friday night attack were arrested on a variety of charges, including attempted arson and assault with a deadly weapon, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday.
The crowd voiced anger over student fee increases and budget cuts.
"No justice, no peace," they chanted before smashing planters, windows and lights, the newspaper said.
Campus spokesman Dan Mogulof said several threw torches at the home, where Birgeneau was awakened by his wife, Mary Catherine.
"These are criminals, not activists," Birgeneau said in a statement Saturday. "The attack at our home was extraordinarily frightening and violent. My wife and I genuinely feared for our lives. The people involved in this action will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I want to emphasize that they represent an extreme minority of our students."
The attack came a day after university police arrested 66 people tied to a four-day protest this week at the school's Wheeler Hall, which also was the site of a Nov. 20 occupation and clash between students and authorities.