Protesters occupy Starbucks at Price Center

Protesters occupy Starbucks at Price Center
Image by Hana Tobias for The UCSD Guardian

At approximately 11:18 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, protesters affiliated with Students for Justice in Palestine at UC San Diego occupied the Starbucks located at Price Center.

The protesters entered Starbucks and started ordering water cups as a way to disrupt normal operations. Customers who were ordering drinks other than water were not obstructed. 

Protesters occasionally chanted “shame,” when people ordered or picked up drinks. 

Members of the university administration have been seen in the kitchen of Starbucks or outside discussing with UCPD.

In an Instagram post, SJP stated that Starbucks “makes drinks for genocide” and posted a schedule of events for the duration of the occupation.

At approximately 5:00 p.m., protesters moved to Burger King as Starbucks closed early due to the disruption. Normal Starbucks operation hours on Wednesday are from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. As with Starbucks, the protesters chanted “shame” every time a person picked up food from the counter at Burger King. 

Starbucks removed their seating inside of the Price Center. The next day, May 23, a letter was taped on the door and wall next to the queue explaining this decision. “Due to recent activities within Starbucks our furniture will need to be removed for the foreseeable future,” the note reads. 

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    AshleyMay 27, 2024 at 4:37 pm

    I appreciate the call for change. But the protestors are misguided to focus on Starbucks who has nothing to do with Israel, Palestine, the IDF or supporting genocide. The protesters lose credibility and, worse, call for meaningless action when they focus on Starbucks

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      MatthewMay 29, 2024 at 2:37 am

      Agreed, although Starbuck’s union busting is really bad. Still, Starbucks has no evidential ties to Israel or Gaza.

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      MaryJun 6, 2024 at 10:40 am

      Starbuck’s largest individual stockholder is a know zionist who supports genocide.

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