Protests Intensify: Police Sweep Encampment as Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators Clash with Authority


Clash at UCLA: Police Dismantle Pro-Palestinian Encampment

A Night of Tension and Arrests

On a tumultuous evening at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles police officers moved in on a group of pro-Palestinian protesters who attempted to set up an encampment in Dickson Plaza on Monday night.

The demonstrators, carrying fake bloody mummies and body parts, marched to Murphy Hall earlier in the day, chanting, “We will honor all our martyrs.” The protest marked the third pro-Palestinian encampment on campus in recent weeks.

Shortly after 3 p.m., protesters erected tents and barricades in Dickson Plaza, according to UCLA’s Daily Bruin. The day’s events were a continuation of ongoing demonstrations related to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

A History of Encampments and Dispersals

Authorities had previously dismantled two other encampments on May 2 and May 23. The first encampment, which lasted a week, ended in violence between protesters and counter-protestors. Police in riot gear swiftly dismantled the second encampment, declaring it an “unlawful assembly.”

Monday’s Confrontation

On Monday evening, campus police, California Highway Patrol officers, and Los Angeles police collaborated to respond to the latest encampment attempt. At around 6 p.m., an order to disperse was issued, and by 9 p.m., more than a dozen arrests had been made.

A Developing Situation

The situation at UCLA remains fluid, and further updates are expected. LA News Center will continue to monitor the story and provide updates as they become available.

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