Anti-Israel Protesters Occupy UC Irvine Building, Create Encampment

A student protest about the war in Israel/Gaza takes place at the University of California, Berkeley's Sather Gate on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Michael Liedtke)

Police responded to the campus of the University of California, Irvine, on Wednesday, where pro-Palestinian demonstrators overtook a building and constructed a barricaded encampment.

Video posted to the Instagram handle “ucidivest” showed protesters hanging banners from the Physical Science Lecture Hall and rushing to pitch tents outside the building at about 2:30 p.m.

In a text message alert, UCI called it a “violent protest” and urged students to avoid the area. “If you are in the area, shelter in place for your safety until further notice,” the university said.

Officers from several law enforcement agencies were seen staging in a campus parking lot and later creating a skirmish line near the demonstrators, who were positioned both inside and outside of the encampment’s wood palette barriers.

Sky5 aerial footage showed a female protester being detained by officers around 4 p.m. without incident, and a little over an hour later, as authorities began dismantling the encampment, several others were also taken into custody.

UCI canceled classes for the remainder of the day and advised staff to work remotely on Thursday.

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