Absolute Chaos' Erupts as Police Take UCLA Encampment by Force

Absolute Chaos' Erupts as Police Take UCLA Encampment by Force

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus witnessed chaotic scenes early Thursday as police dispersed anti-Israel demonstrators from a tent encampment, leading to clashes and arrests.

California Highway Patrol officers in riot gear began dismantling barricades and arresting protesters around 3 a.m. local time, as reported by NBC News. Some demonstrators resisted, resulting in confrontations between police and protesters.

By approximately 5:15 a.m., most protesters had been cleared, except for a group in a college library who linked arms, refusing to comply with police orders.

Journalist Julio Rosas described the situation as "absolute chaos," noting clashes between occupiers and police, including the use of flashbangs by law enforcement.

Several individuals were arrested during the operation, and one officer sustained injuries. Los Angeles police reportedly utilized rubber bullets against some protesters during the clashes.

The Los Angeles Times documented scenes of officers breaking through barricades and protesters using fire extinguishers and flares during the confrontation. Police used flash-bang grenades to disperse the crowd.

The Associated Press reported that protesters were warned to disperse or face arrest before police intervention. The encampment had attracted approximately 1,000 participants at the time of police action.

Following the intervention, police dismantled tents and cleared the protest site.

Earlier, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block had declared the encampment an unlawful assembly, citing concerns about disruption to the university's academic mission and the impact on campus safety. Block emphasized support for peaceful protest but condemned activities causing fear and anxiety among students, especially those in the Jewish community.

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