A new post at Speaking for Research details the history:
Back in 2003, Neurobiology Professors John and Madeleine Schlag saw their property vandalized at a home demonstration. “The way it proceeded … we felt that the door was going to be kicked in,” they commented in an interview.
In 2006, Professor Lynn Fairbanks was targeted with an incendiary device. It turned out animal extremists got the wrong address and planted the firebomb at the doorstep of an elderly neighbor.
In June 2007 another firebomb was placed under the vehicle of Professor Arthur Rosenbaum, who dedicated his life to pediatric ophthalmology by helping children with strabismus. His wife later received a threatening note which told her to persuade her husband to stop his research or “…we will do exactly what he does to monkeys to you.”
In 2007, Professor Edythe London finds her home flooded by animal rights extremists, and received the threat, “water was our second choice, fire was our first.” She decided to reply by explaining, in a thoughtful OpEd in the LA Times, the reasons for her work.
In 2008, the UCLA community saw once again an incendiary device char the front door of a home owned by a Professor, the vandalism of three vehicles parked outside the home of a postdoctoral student, and the firebombing of a university commuter van.
Then, in 2009, the car of Professor David Jentsch, parked in his driveway, is set on fire while he was sleeping at home. He subsequently received a letter containing razor blades and a threatening note that fantasized about sneaking up behind him and cutting his throat
The harassment of UCLA scientists in their homes has continued on a monthly basis every since. This year, the scientists have decided to organize counter protests.
The next counterdemonstration will be February 15, 2014. If you are local these scientists would appreciate your support.
Please join us to defend UCLA, our science, and the hope for medical advances and new cures.
When: February 15, 10:15am sharp!
Where: NE Corner of Westwood and LeConte
Join us to end the decade-long age of terror at UCLA!