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Over 100 arrested at UCLA, UC San Diego amid Gaza war protests

Over 100 arrested at UCLA, UC San Diego amid Gaza war protests

[ad_1] Heightened and quick-moving police actions against protesters unfolded Monday at UCLA and other campuses, as university officials said there would be little tolerance for demonstrators who disrupted campus and violated laws and student conduct codes in the wake of last week’s violence and tensions at pro-Palestinian encampments. At UCLA on Monday, campus police arrested 44 pro-Palestinian protesters gathered in a parking structure — actions students called harassment and intimidation — as they assembled before a peaceful protest. Other protesters were ordered to disperse when they entered a campus building. Classes were moved online for the rest of the week as a security precaution. The action came after UCLA officials vowed to improve security after a violent mob last week attacked a pro-Palestinian encampment that was later torn down by law enforcement. The UCLA police chief has come under intense criticism for the violence and failure to bring in police fast enough to quell the melee. At UC San Diego, 64 people, including 40 students, were arrested. A growing pro-Palestinian encampment was declared illegal by …

Tunnels, treehouses and tensegrity towers: landmarks in protest architecture, from UCLA to Hong Kong | Architecture

Tunnels, treehouses and tensegrity towers: landmarks in protest architecture, from UCLA to Hong Kong | Architecture

[ad_1] In his 1868 street-fighting manual, Instructions for an Armed Uprising, the French revolutionary Auguste Blanqui sets out meticulous instructions for how to build a good barricade. Such defences, he wrote, must no longer be thrown together in “a confused and disorderly fashion”, but should be robustly composed of two sturdy rampart walls made of paving stones and plaster. All the aspiring revolutionary needed was a good supply of cobblestones and “a cart filled with sacks of plaster, plus wheelbarrows, handcarts, levers, picks, shovels, mattocks, hammers, cold chisels, trowels, buckets and troughs”. Blanqui advised that all of these things could be “requisitioned from the respective merchants”, whose addresses were handily listed in an accompanying directory. The students at UCLA, who were peacefully occupying their campus in protest against Israel’s war on Gaza, might have wished for such supplies when they were attacked by a violent mob of vigilantes last week. Terrifying footage showed masked thugs beating their makeshift encampment with sticks and metal poles, dragging away steel fencing and plywood panels, and tearing apart their …

UCLA creates high-level post to oversee campus safety after mob attack

UCLA creates high-level post to oversee campus safety after mob attack

[ad_1] UCLA has moved swiftly to create a new chief safety officer position to oversee campus security operations, including the campus Police Department, in the wake of what have been called serious lapses in handling protests that culminated in a mob attack on a pro-Palestinian student encampment last week. Chancellor Gene Block announced Sunday that Rick Braziel, a former Sacramento police chief who has reviewed law enforcement responses in high-profile cases across the country, will serve as associate vice chancellor of a new Office of Campus Safety. He will oversee the Police Department — including Police Chief John Thomas, who is facing calls to step aside — and the Office of Emergency Management. Braziel previously was tapped to review police actions in the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting; riots in Ferguson, Mo.; the shootout with police killer Christopher Dorner; and other cases. He will report directly to Block in a unit that will focus solely on campus safety — an arrangement that has proved effective at major universities across the country, the chancellor said. Previously, …

UCLA faculty protest treatment of pro-Palestinian students

UCLA faculty protest treatment of pro-Palestinian students

[ad_1] About 20 UCLA faculty members protested Saturday night outside the UCLA Hammer Museum’s celebrity-heavy gala, calling for amnesty to be granted to pro-Palestinian students arrested on campus this week and demanding that Chancellor Gene Block resign immediately. As a well-heeled crowd in cocktail attire filed into the museum for the annual Gala in the Garden, sipping bespoke cocktails and noshing on small bites from passed trays, English Department professor Jonathan Grossman blamed Block for what he and his colleagues said were dual wrongs done to pro-Palestinian student activists. On Wednesday, they said, students received unnecessarily rough treatment from police as their encampment was cleared. The night before, they said, police failed to protect the same students from violent counterprotesters’ attacks. Elizabeth O’Brien, a professor in the History Department, said she was present Tuesday night and witnessed “a horrifying mob” attack pro-Palestinian students for four hours. “Along with a colleague, I begged the police to intervene,” O’Brien said. “A police officer threatened us with a weapon in response to our pleas to protect the students …

After arrests at UCLA, are other college protesters on borrowed time?

After arrests at UCLA, are other college protesters on borrowed time?

[ad_1] After police forcibly removed Pro-Palestinian encampments at two universities this week, college leaders across California are grappling with how to move forward with protests on other campuses. The high-profile law enforcement operations that cleared a massive camp at the heart of UCLA and evicted protesters at Cal Poly Humboldt who had occupied buildings were in some ways unique. Elsewhere, the camps and other protests have been smaller and less disruptive. But Pro-Palestinian protesters calling for an end to Israeli military actions in Gaza at other California campuses have vowed to continue their encampments. And that puts university leaders in a tough spot. College presidents at places like USC, UCLA and Columbia University who have supported the arrests of students have faced a swift backlash from some. Yet the camps have been a source of controversy, especially if they interrupt campus operations. Some officials have said they are willing to allow the encampments to remain as long as they stay small, orderly and positive. UC Riverside on Friday struck a deal with protesters to end …

My son was attacked at UCLA. We feel betrayed by the university

My son was attacked at UCLA. We feel betrayed by the university

[ad_1] To the editor: My son dreamed of going to UCLA since he first visited the campus at age 11. You know, Dad born there, Mom worked there, Grandpa was on the medical school faculty there — Bruin blood. In high school he ignored counseling and applied only to one school — UCLA. (“‘Unacceptable’: Why it took hours for police to quell attack at UCLA pro-Palestinian camp,” May 1) He graduated in 2020. Next month, he’ll earn his master’s degree. On the evening the encampment was attacked, while trying to help a fallen fellow camper, my son was assaulted by man who bashed his head with a long wood board that had nails protruding at the top, a potentially lethal weapon. He was taken to two hospitals and released the next day with a concussion. More CAT scans and MRIs await. As students were attacked without intervention for hours, my son feels betrayed by his beloved school. We spend lots of time and money on football coaches and athlete recruitment, and apparently not enough on …

UCLA police chief accused of security lapse before mob attack. He rejects claim

UCLA police chief accused of security lapse before mob attack. He rejects claim

[ad_1] The UCLA police chief is facing growing scrutiny for what three sources told The Times was a string of serious security lapses before a mob attacked a pro-Palestinian student encampment this week. But the chief, John Thomas, late Friday rejected those allegations and said he did “everything I could” to provide security and keep students safe during a week of strife that left UCLA reeling. On the morning before Tuesday night’s attack on the encampment, Thomas assured university leadership that he could mobilize law enforcement “in minutes,” acccording to the sources. It took three hours to actually bring in enough officers to quell the violence. Days earlier, campus leadership had directed Thomas to create a safety plan that would protect the UCLA community after the encampment was put up last week and began drawing agitators, the sources said. The chief was told to spare no expense to bring in other UC police officers, offer overtime and hire as many private security officers needed to keep the peace. But Thomas did not provide a plan …

To save their movement, student protesters should break camp

To save their movement, student protesters should break camp

[ad_1] (RNS) — On Thursday (May 2), police detained more than 2,000 protesters as they cleared the encampment at UCLA. Snipers were reported to be hovering over the encampments at Indiana University and Ohio State University in the weeks before. And social media has been full of violent attacks on university encampments from Zionist counterprotesters. As the cost of their courageous resistance continues to rise, students should consider breaking camp soon, for the sake of their movement. The uncomfortable truth is that breaking camp is inevitable. The semester will end soon, and the students who live in dorms will have to move out (and likely return to their hometowns). Encampments are behemoths to maintain, needing to keep people fed, sheltered, healthy and from imploding due to internal conflicts. Full divestment from Israel could take years, and few people — if any — can afford to encamp on a campus lawn until the demand is met. Finally, no encampment will be able to withstand the full might of the militarized power of U.S. police. The violent …

Mocking college protesters was harmless — until a UCLA mob came to hurt them

Mocking college protesters was harmless — until a UCLA mob came to hurt them

[ad_1] Bill Maher on his HBO talk show this week said that pro-Palestinian student protests on college campuses are what happens when “activism merges with narcissism.” The Atlantic columnist David Frum referred to protesters like the UCLA students who were violently attacked Wednesday by a mob of counterprotesters as “banana-allergy revolutionaries.” During Tuesday night’s tactical police response to Columbia University students’ taking over a building on campus, author Judith Miller tweeted: “Hey Columbia protesters! If you’re so proud of what you’re doing, why are you covering your faces?” Mocking student protesters has become a fun and easy pastime since they began marching and camping out in opposition to Israel’s ongoing military incursions in Gaza following the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas in Israel. All critics and jeering old folks need is a platform (cable TV, Instagram, a tattered soap box) to discredit the movement as the performative act of feckless snowflakes and spoiled children. The protective gear of the “gluten-free warriors” is a form of dress-up. Their safety measures — encampment barricades and self-manned medical …

Who were the masked men behind the UCLA camp attack? Online sleuths vow to find out

Who were the masked men behind the UCLA camp attack? Online sleuths vow to find out

[ad_1] The online sleuths got to work within hours of violence sparking at UCLA this week. They grabbed videos of the mostly masked rioters who attacked the pro-Palestinian student encampment near the quad and tried to zoom in on faces. They pored over each frame, waiting for the moment masks slipped and faces were exposed to take screen grabs. Then, they uploaded those faces to X (formerly Twitter), Instagram and other social media platforms and beseeched the internet to do its thing. From across the country and around the world, people logged on and joined the collective research effort. Soon, the alleged perpetrators’ names, and in some cases identifying details such as places of employment, were posted online along with photos. License plates from cars owned by alleged pro-Israel counterprotesters were also posted. A pro-Israel supporter throws a bottle of water at the Pro-Palestinian encampment at UCLA early Wednesday morning. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles) Law enforcement officials, including the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, declined to comment on the tactic. But some who …