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Police enter UCLA encampment, detain some protesters | The Hill

  

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Via:  sparty-on  •  3 weeks ago  •  12 comments

By:   Tara Suter (The Hill)

Police enter UCLA encampment, detain some protesters | The Hill
Police entered an encampment of pro-Palestinian demonstrators at the University of California, Los Angeles early Thursday, after protestors ignored law enforcement's orders to leave the area. Officers removed barriers and began dismantling the encampment of tents after hours of threatening arrests by way of loudspeakers if there was not a dispersal of people, The Associated…

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by Tara Suter - 05/02/24 8:16 AM ET
by Tara Suter - 05/02/24 8:16 AM ET
Police advance on demonstrators on the UCLA campus Thursday, May 2, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Police entered an encampment of pro-Palestinian demonstrators at the University of California, Los Angeles early Thursday, after protestors ignored law enforcement's orders to leave the area.

Officers removed barriers and began dismantling the encampment of tents after hours of threatening arrests by way of loudspeakers if there was not a dispersal of people, The Associated Press reported. The move also came after counterprotestors attacked an area of the camp, per the news wire.

Multiple protestors were detained in the aftermath, some restrained with zip ties, per the AP. The arrests were also reported by UCLA's student newspaper, The Daily Bruin.

Violence had previously erupted at the southern California school and on Columbia University's campus in New York City. The New York and Los Angeles police departments have since cracked down on the demonstrations after weeks of unrest sparked by aversions to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and the subsequent humanitarian crisis.

UCLA was moved to cancel classes Wednesday due to the tension.

Police tore apart the barricade of UCLA's encampment, made of plywood, pallets, metal fences and trash dumpsters, and created an opening in the way of demonstrators' tents, The AP reported. Protestors held umbrellas in a way similar to shields and faced down officers.

The news comes as multiple universities this week have sent in law enforcement to arrest hundreds of protesters as administrators declare their demonstrations illegal, while at least two schools have been able to reach deals with activists to peacefully close down their encampments.

"We are frustrated by media distractions focusing on inflammatory individuals who do not represent us," Columbia protest leaders said in a statement last month. "Our members have been misidentified by a politically motivated mob."

"We firmly reject any form of hate or bigotry and stand vigilant against non-students attempting to disrupt the solidarity being forged among students," they continued. "Palestinian, Muslim, Arab, Jewish, Black and pro-Palestinian classmates and colleagues who represent the full diversity of our country."

Many of those protesting have also faced accusations of antisemitism. House Republicans, in particular, have in recent months made combating antisemitism — especially on college campuses — a pivotal part of their messaging.

The lower chamber of Congress approved a bill Wednesday, introduced by Rep. Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.), that would crack down on rising antisemitism on campuses across the nation. If passed, the legislation would require the Department of Education to use the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism when enforcing antidiscrimination laws.

The Hill has reached out to UCLA and the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Associated Press contributed.

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Sparty On
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Sparty On    3 weeks ago

Fire sale on camping gear and building materials at UCLA.

Check it out …..

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Principal
2  Sean Treacy    3 weeks ago

It's a joke they were allowed to remain in place this long.  Another example of the double standards in place to protect left wingers. 

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
2.1  seeder  Sparty On  replied to  Sean Treacy @2    3 weeks ago

Yes, Hitler youth on our college campuses but be worried about White Supremacy.    

Be very, very worried.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

The move also came after counterprotestors attacked an area of the camp, per the news wire.

In other words: Police were called only after the radical students were threatened.

These universities created the mess. Morning Joe is seldom right, but he is right about who this is going to hurt in the election. May it continue for 6 months!

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3.1  seeder  Sparty On  replied to  Vic Eldred @3    3 weeks ago

Oh it will.    Another summer of discontent is on the way.    Liberal elitists like Soros will ensure their useful idiots are well funded.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sparty On @3.1    3 weeks ago

And we all recall that Nixon won in a landslide because the American people got a belly full of the protestors.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3.1.2  seeder  Sparty On  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.1    3 weeks ago

That was a big part of it.    No doubt.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
Professor Expert
4  Jeremy Retired in NC    3 weeks ago
Violence had previously erupted at the southern California school and on Columbia University's campus in New York City.

The second violence starts, it is no longer a protest and no longer covered under the 1st Amendment.  

The second one starts chanting "Death to America" and supporting a terrorist group, you are no longer a protestor.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
4.1  seeder  Sparty On  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @4    3 weeks ago

Seems like common sense to me.

 
 
 
George
Junior Expert
4.2  George  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @4    3 weeks ago
The second one starts chanting "Death to America

Isn't that why Obama murdered an American citizen? because he was promoting propaganda for a terrorist organization? 

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Participates
5  Greg Jones    3 weeks ago

The vast majority of these agitators aren't even students. These demonstrations are becoming a real worry to the Dems since most of the students are clueless and easily influenced lefties.

Of the 300 Pro-Hamas Agitators Arrested at Columbia, Most Weren't Students (townhall.com)

The Pro-Hamas Antics on College Campuses Are Starting to Make Dems Nervous (townhall.com)

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Senior Guide
6  Right Down the Center    3 weeks ago

"We are frustrated by media distractions focusing on inflammatory individuals who do not represent us," Columbia protest leaders said in a statement last month. 

Nice words.  If they are true I am sure you are happy that the police came to help get rid of them since neither you nor the college has any luck with it.

 
 

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