Casteen has living wage sit-in students arrested
On Saturday evening, the four-day-old living wage sit-in at Madison Hall came to an abrupt end.
"We thought the administration wanted to engage in substantive, good faith, dialog about this issue," demonstration organizer Abby Bellows told reporters. "So we came back to the table with a lot of really constructive compromises. And instead of making a movement on wage changes, the university decided to arrest students."
According to reports, UVA President John Casteen had met personally with the students earlier that day to discuss some proposals about increasing UVA’s minimum wage, but later that evening he had apparently had enough.
At about 7pm, police moved in swiftly and physically removed the 17 students, who had been denied food during the four-day ordeal, and took them in handcuffs to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail
In a statement released Sunday, Casteen said that "it was important to bring this sit-in to a conclusion so that others might get back to work on Monday morning. The university takes no pleasure in having to arrest its own students, but it was time for the disruption to come to an end."
The 17 students are expected to be released Monday morning.