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The UCLA campus was the scene of a clash between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli protesters, leading to the deployment of riot gear-clad officers from the Los Angeles Police Department. Their objective was to remove barricades surrounding the pro-Palestinian protest encampment. The clash, which occurred late Tuesday into Wednesday morning, involved pro-Israel protesters launching fireworks, metal barriers, and tear gas towards the encampment.

UCLA officials had previously deemed the pro-Palestine encampment unlawful, warning that individuals associated with the university could face disciplinary action. These protests at UCLA are part of a larger wave of demonstrations across college campuses in the United States against the Israel-Hamas War in Gaza, as school authorities strive to maintain campus safety.

On Thursday morning, pro-Palestine supporters were heard chanting slogans such as “Cops go home,” “Peaceful protest,” and “Shame on you.”

Protesters attempted to impede the progress of law enforcement officials by equipping themselves with shields and umbrellas. Additionally, they utilized lights to momentarily blind the officers, as reported by USA Today. The publication further stated that a number of protesters were apprehended and observed kneeling with their hands restrained behind their backs.

However, it is worth noting that the demonstration was not solely comprised of students. Graeme Blair, an associate professor of political science and a member of the Faculty for Justice in Palestine at UCLA, conveyed through a text message to the Daily Bruin that professors participating in the protest were prepared to face arrest alongside the students.


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