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Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Blocks Video Showing Protests at UCLA Talk

HeadlineMar 02, 2018

And U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is blocking the release of a video showing protesters confronting him over the Trump administration’s policies during an appearance at the University of California, Los Angeles. About 400 people attended Monday’s free event at a UCLA lecture hall, which the university filmed, as it typically does for guest speakers. But Mnuchin withdrew his consent to have the video posted online after he was repeatedly confronted by protesters, who called out Mnuchin’s support for President Trump’s tax cuts and his record of foreclosing on homes during his tenure as CEO of OneWest Bank. Parts of Mnuchin’s appearance were captured on cellphone cameras and posted to social media. This is UCLA geography major Tala Deloria, who was lifted from her seat and hauled away by campus police after she confronted Mnuchin.

Tala Deloria: “We know that the tax bill and what that represents is sentencing people to death, including children, 9 million children who are going to be left without healthcare. So this system, that is putting people in this position in the first place, that actually moved the jobs overseas, it wasn’t black people and brown people in the inner cities who did this, and yet you are punishing them for being in that position. You are punishing them for the misery that this system, the system that you’re enforcing”—

Moderator: “We’re asking you to stop. It’s time for you to leave.”

Tala Deloria: —”is committing.”

At that point, the geography major, Tala Deloria, was hauled off by police on campus.

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