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Pro-Palestinian protesters occupy building, create encampment at UC Irvine

Police intervened Wednesday on the campus of the University of California at Irvine, where pro-Palestinian demonstrators invaded a building and built a barricaded encampment.

A video posted on the Instagram account “ucidivest” shows protesters hanging banners at the physical sciences lecture hall and rushing to pitch tents outside the building around 3 p.m.

In a text message alert, UCI called it a “violent protest” and urged students to avoid the area. “If you are in the area, plan for your safety until further notice,” the university said.

Officers from several law enforcement agencies were seen standing in a campus parking lot and creating a skirmish line a short distance from the protesters, who were positioned both inside and outside. outside the wooden fences of the camp.

Protesters are calling on the university to sever ties with Israel following the Jewish state’s military offensive in Gaza following the October 7, 2023 Hamas attack.

Last week, the university suspended several student protesters for what it called “multiple conduct violations” following another protest on campus. Some of those suspended were members of a group that negotiated their demands with UCI administrators.

Universities across California and across the country have seen similar protests. In early May, UCLA police dismantled an encampment on Royce Quad that had been the scene of escalating tensions and violence. A similar scene occurred at USC, a private university, about a week earlier.

The two crackdowns resulted in dozens of arrests.

This is a developing story. Stay with KTLA 5 News for updates.

News Source : ktla.com
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