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UCLA protest: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators set up tents, dye fountain red


UCLA protest: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators set up tents, dye fountain red

WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Clashes between officers and pro-Palestinian protesters broke out at UCLA Monday after demonstrators set up tents at Dickson Plaza and dyed a nearby fountain red.

Campus police and security responded to the area, and the Los Angeles Police Department later declared a tactical alert. A line of officers on bicycles positioned themselves feet away from the protesters.

Orders were issued multiple times for the protesters to disperse.

By 8 p.m. officers had herded some of the crowd into a narrow pathway hedged in by bushes. There were several clashes between officers and protesters in that area. Some in the crowd dived through the bushes and made their own path to get away.

Clashes between officers and protesters broke out at UCLA after pro-Palestinian demonstrators set up tents and dyed a nearby fountain red.

At least one security officer was being treated for injuries.

At least a dozen people were seen being taken into custody. They were being detained at Dodd Hall, where other protesters were outside demanding their release.

LAPD canceled its tactical alert late Monday.

Earlier in the afternoon, demonstrators dyed the Shapiro Fountain red and placed fake bloody bodies nearby.

UCLA leadership has been criticized for its handling of protests on campus earlier this year.

Protesters set up tents at UCLA’s Dickson Plaza and dyed a nearby fountain red in the latest Pro-Palestinian demonstration on the campus.

On April 30, counterdemonstrators attacked a pro-Palestinian encampment, throwing traffic cones, releasing pepper spray and tearing down barriers. Fighting continued for several hours before police stepped in.

A massive police response dismantled the encampment a day later.

Tent encampments of protesters calling on universities to stop doing business with Israel or companies they say support the war in Gaza have spread across other campuses in Southern California and nationwide this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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