Anti-Israel protests turn violent at UCLA

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Police in riot gear swept onto the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, early Wednesday, hours after New York City police retook control of an administrative building at Columbia University as opposition to Israel’s war in Gaza continued to roll through universities across the nation.

Video posted on social media showed counterdemonstrators battering a makeshift barricade around pro-Palestinian protesters. The Los Angeles Police Department said it was responding to UCLA’s request to restore order “due to multiple acts of violence within the large encampment” on the campus.

“The violence unfolding this evening at UCLA is absolutely abhorrent and inexcusable,” Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass said in a Twitter post Wednesday. “LAPD has arrived on campus.”

Earlier, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said barriers demonstrators used to block access to buildings had been removed, and staff were positioned around Royce Quad “to help ensure that they will not go up again.” The student conduct process has been initiated and could lead to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion, he said.


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