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Clashes at UCLA Protests



The University of California, Los Angeles, canceled classes yesterday after brawls broke out between opposing groups of protesters on campus. According to reports, counter-protesters attacked pro-Palestinian protesters with sticks and poles late Tuesday night, with someone throwing fireworks into the camp. Clashes continued for hours before police intervened, with people using pepper spray, throwing chairs, and beating someone to the ground. It is not clear how many people were injured or arrested. See photos of the incident here; view video here (warning—sensitive content).


Pro-Palestinian protesters had been stationed at UCLA for close to a week amid nationwide university protests calling for divestment from Israeli companies, among other demands. At Columbia University, New York police made over 100 arrests and blamed outside agitators for escalatory tactics at protests, including taking over Hamilton Hall (see previous write-up).


Separately, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Israel yesterday as the US pursues a cease-fire and hostage release to stave off Israel's promised invasion of Rafah in southern Gaza. See all updates here.

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