SANTA CRUZ (AP) — At least 17 people were arrested during the third day of a wildcat strike by University of California, Santa Cruz, graduate students demanding higher pay. 

Police arrested the group Wednesday after they said demonstrators blocking an intersection near campus ignored multiple orders to disperse.

Police surrounded demonstrators sitting in circles in the intersection with their arms linked and dragged them away one by one. More demonstrators poured into the intersection and took the places of those being arrested in a tense standoff between hundreds of demonstrators and dozens of police, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported.

Those arrested face charges including unlawful assembly, obstructing a public roadway and disobeying a lawful order, said UCSC spokesman Scott Hernandez-Jason. All but one were cited and released. 

“Officers repeatedly tried to de-escalate the situation and made clear that blocking this major roadway had to stop or it would lead to arrest,” Hernandez-Jason said in a statement. “Demonstrators locked arms, sat in the roadway, and refused to move back onto the university field.”

As part of the strike that started Monday, the graduate students won’t teach, hold office hours, do research or grade their students. The strike is a so-called wildcat strike, which means it is not endorsed by the union that represents the students.

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