Police dismantle protest at the University of California – DW – 05/02/2024

Police dismantle protest at the University of California – DW – 05/02/2024
Police dismantle protest at the University of California – DW – 05/02/2024

The police intervened this Thursday (05/02/2024) at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) to dismantle the barricades erected by groups demonstrating against the war in the Gaza Strip, and made several arrests, according to images from CNN.

Officers in riot gear dispersed the protesters, who chanted “Leave them alone” in front of the camp set up on campus, an AFP journalist noted.

“This is a peaceful protest. There are no counter-protesters tonight, calling the police is despicable. The city should support them,” Jack Bedrosian, a Los Angeles resident who came to the area to express his support for the protesters, told AFP. the students.

The significant police presence around UCLA comes after security forces were criticized for intervening late in violent clashes on Tuesday night, when groups of counterprotesters attacked the pro-Palestinian student camp.

“There is a large police deployment of various security forces after the attack the night before, perpetrated by external groups against a peaceful concentration of students, without anyone coming to their aid,” wrote in X, Kenneth Mejia, a senior official of the municipality, before the intervention.

“The students are face to face with the police. We ask UCLA and the city authorities to protect the students, so that they are not harmed,” he added.

UCLA announced that classes would be remote on Thursday and Friday due to “the emergency on campus” and asked students to avoid the protest area.

The pro-Palestinian demonstrations began two weeks ago at Columbia University, in New York, and have spread to around thirty educational centers in the United States.

JU (afp, ap, rtre)

 
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