5 arrested in protest at Wake Tech over admissions policy

From staff reportsAugust 15, 2013 

— Five people were arrested Thursday afternoon during a protest at Wake Technical Community College’s main campus concerning the North Carolina Community College System admissions policy for undocumented students.

When the college’s administrators learned Tuesday that a group was planning to stage the protest, the organizer was told a request for the event must be filed with the campus police at least three business days in advance, according to college spokeswoman Laurie Clowers. The form was emailed to the organizer, who agreed to return it and postpone the event, Clowers wrote in a news release.

When approximately 40 people showed up anyway at 2 p.m. Thursday, most dispersed when asked to leave.

Clowers said a small group, however, entered the admission office and “became disruptive.” When they were warned that they could be criminally charged, five sat down and refused to leave.

Charged with trespassing were: Marco Antonio Cervantes Garcia, Mexico, 19; Mario Valladares Salgado, Raleigh, 27; Eduardo Ulises Barajas Perez, Carrboro, 18; Jose Jared Rico Benandes, Raleigh, 23; and Cruz A. Nunez Jimenez, Mexico, 17.

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