Criminal disorderly conduct charges were filed Thursday against 19 students and sympathizers who staged a noisy protest at UC Irvine back in February, when they rushed into an administration building and camped outside the chancellor's office, yelling slogans.
The protesters were charged with a variety of infractions from disturbing the peace to false imprisonment. All but four of the protesters were identified as UCI students.
On Feb. 24, many of the protesters made their way to the fifth floor of Aldrich Hall, chanting outside the chancellor's office, yelling slogans, blowing whistles and pounding on the walls and floors, according to a spokesperson for the Orange County district attorney's office. More than 400 university employees were evacuated from the building because of the protest, prosecutors said.