May 23, 2024

Summer of Love 2.0: MASS RIOT RAGES FOR HOURS AT UCLA – Protesters vs. Counter-Protesters – Police Absent! – VIDEO

Summer of Love 2.0

Violent clashes took place at the UCLA campus on Tuesday night between protesters.

The police were absent as protesters beat each other with fists, sticks, and pallets!

Via ABC7 and Citizen Free Press.

Citizen Free Press on Twitter: “The cops literally just let the protestors have at it on UCLA campus. pic.twitter.com/ALGBiTFJKv / Twitter”

The cops literally just let the protestors have at it on UCLA campus. pic.twitter.com/ALGBiTFJKv

100+ California Jews and supporters arrived late at the “liberated zone” and started tearing it down.

Visegrád 24 on Twitter: “100+ Californian Jews and their allies have arrived at the “Liberated Zone” on the UCLA campus and are tearing it down.It comes after the pro-Hamas students and activists beat a Jewish girl unconscious on campus grounds a few hours earlier. pic.twitter.com/dlNKQvg2wf / Twitter”

100+ Californian Jews and their allies have arrived at the “Liberated Zone” on the UCLA campus and are tearing it down.It comes after the pro-Hamas students and activists beat a Jewish girl unconscious on campus grounds a few hours earlier. pic.twitter.com/dlNKQvg2wf

The counter protesters dismantled the bike racks and pallets on the ground.

Visegrád 24 on Twitter: “The group of around 100 young Californian Jews and their allies continues to tear down the encampment at UCLA.The arrived on campus after a young Jewish girl was beaten unconscious by the pro-Hamas students and activists occupying campus grounds pic.twitter.com/2vxOJFA2iC / Twitter”

The group of around 100 young Californian Jews and their allies continues to tear down the encampment at UCLA.The arrived on campus after a young Jewish girl was beaten unconscious by the pro-Hamas students and activists occupying campus grounds pic.twitter.com/2vxOJFA2iC

Anthony Cabassa on Twitter: “UCLA 🚨: FIGHTS continue through the night. Dozens injured , multiple bleeding, still ZERO law enforcement present. Both sides drag their wounded and fresh protestors replace them on the front. Total Anarchy. pic.twitter.com/Fl6T35zJRc / Twitter”

UCLA 🚨: FIGHTS continue through the night. Dozens injured , multiple bleeding, still ZERO law enforcement present. Both sides drag their wounded and fresh protestors replace them on the front. Total Anarchy. pic.twitter.com/Fl6T35zJRc

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Chaos Erupts At UCLA After Pro-Gaza Activists Refuse Entry To Non-Allied Students

Chaos Erupts At UCLA After Pro-Gaza Activists Refuse Entry To Non-Allied Students

Various groups are now engaging protesters and have triggered what can only be described as an all out brawl…

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BY TYLER DURDEN

It’s like the Seattle CHAZ encampment all over again.  Far-left activists have declared the UCLA campus a “liberated zone” and are refusing entry for many students not affiliated with the pro-Gaza protests.  They have erected barriers and placed guards, creating makeshift checkpoints which require a special wrist band in order to gain passage.

Sia Kordestani on Twitter: “Wristbands are being used to identify anti-Israel students at @UCLA so that they are allowed to enter Royce Quad, Royce Hall, and Powell Library.Some students are allowed in and out, others are kept out. This is ILLEGAL and UCLA is not just tolerating it but facilitating it. pic.twitter.com/CbdodKLK53 / Twitter”

Wristbands are being used to identify anti-Israel students at @UCLA so that they are allowed to enter Royce Quad, Royce Hall, and Powell Library.Some students are allowed in and out, others are kept out. This is ILLEGAL and UCLA is not just tolerating it but facilitating it. pic.twitter.com/CbdodKLK53

In other words, if you aren’t an “ally” then you don’t get to attend classes, or, if you’re lucky you are allowed to take a longer route around the barricades.  Keep in mind, this is not a protected form of protest or free speech, which explains why many college campuses have chosen to have protesters removed by police.  UCLA so far appears to be supporting the activists and has allowed them to take control. 

Sia Kordestani on Twitter: “🚨 Happening NOW at @UCLA – politically uninvolved students are blocked from going to class by masked anti-Israel individuals.@UCLAchancellor pic.twitter.com/nXzGGlbzG6 / Twitter”

🚨 Happening NOW at @UCLA – politically uninvolved students are blocked from going to class by masked anti-Israel individuals.@UCLAchancellor pic.twitter.com/nXzGGlbzG6

Oli London on Twitter: “Jewish student wearing a Star of David necklace DENIED entry to his own university because he is JEWISH. “I’m a UCLA student. I deserve to go here. We pay tuition. This is our school and they are not letting me walk in.” Masked activists refused to let the student enter. pic.twitter.com/w9KeBUzMhR / Twitter”

Jewish student wearing a Star of David necklace DENIED entry to his own university because he is JEWISH. “I’m a UCLA student. I deserve to go here. We pay tuition. This is our school and they are not letting me walk in.” Masked activists refused to let the student enter.

The barricades and the selective barring of certain students has led to predictable anger.  Various groups are now engaging protesters and have triggered what can only be described as an all out brawl.  The use of weapons has been common and firecrackers have even been fired at activist tents.  Whether or not the fighting is between pro-Gaza and pro-Israel groups is not yet clear, and the conflict may simply be a matter of students enraged by the general blockade.  No substantial police presence is visible so far.

R A W S A L E R T S on Twitter: “🚨#BREAKING: Full blown anarchy and chaos have erupted at UCLA campus with extremely violent clashes occurring and multiple people seriously injured. Numerous items are being thrown, along with fireworks. pic.twitter.com/7BDLGHAWyf / Twitter”

🚨#BREAKING: Full blown anarchy and chaos have erupted at UCLA campus with extremely violent clashes occurring and multiple people seriously injured. Numerous items are being thrown, along with fireworks. pic.twitter.com/7BDLGHAWyf

Though considerable criticism has been aimed at the police response to similar encampments at universities in other states and no doubt some of those actions will be reviewed in civil courts, there has been very little sympathy from the general public when it comes to woke protesters.  After years of cancel culture and the threat of Antifa and BLM mobs, we are now seeing the same exact people pummeled by law enforcement and kicked out of the tent cities choking college grounds.  Questions of free speech fall by the wayside when activists try to physically block other students from exercising their right to access public property and educational facilities.

A police response to clear UCLA of protesters is widely expected within the next couple of days.

Leftists have a tendency to hijack the causes of other movements as a way to elevate their own agendas, and this is exactly what is happening in the west with the Gaza issue.  It is rather revealing that these protesters aren’t amassing on Joe Biden’s doorstep or the halls of Congress. The people most directly responsible for the funding of Israel for some reason get a pass while US colleges with no power to change anything in the Middle East are overrun.  

Is this simply a matter of what is easy?  Or, is there another motive at play?  Is this about speaking out about Gaza, or is it about radicalizing an ever growing mob that can be manipulated by progressive gatekeepers, just as we witnessed with the BLM riots?   

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Violent clashes break out at UCLA after counter-protesters storm pro-Palestinian encampment

Pro-Israel counter-protesters clashed Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, April 30, with demonstrators in the pro-Palestinian encampment at UCLA — with violence breaking out just hours after UCLA had declared the “Palestine Solidarity Encampment” unlawful.

For update, see: UCLA cancels classes after night of violence at pro-Palestinian encampment

As sporadic violence in the quad continued for about two hours, Los Angeles Councilmember Katy Yaroslavsky posted on social media at 1:13 a.m.:

“Everyone has a right to free speech and protest, but the situation on UCLA’s campus is out of control and is no longer safe.”

Soon after that post, Los Angeles police and California Highway Patrol officers arrived to help campus police restore order.

Emily Holshouser on Twitter: “I am at the UCLA quad, where things have been very tense all day after school law enforcement has asked protesters to leave and a large group of counter protesters has thrown fireworks. Both groups are facing off with lots of media & some cops nearby. pic.twitter.com/1nOGKDn85l / Twitter”

I am at the UCLA quad, where things have been very tense all day after school law enforcement has asked protesters to leave and a large group of counter protesters has thrown fireworks. Both groups are facing off with lots of media & some cops nearby. pic.twitter.com/1nOGKDn85l

Around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, a group appeared to be trying to dismantle the Palestinian encampment, with some people trying to take down fences, plywood and other barricades. At one point, a group of protesters took a metal barricade and ran through the crowd with it.

A pro-Palestinian protester is beaten by counter-protesters during violent clashes at the protest encampment on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles early Wednesday morning, May 1, 2024. Administrators called in law enforcement officers after violent clashes broke out, a university official said early Wednesday. (Mark Abramson/The New York Times)

One person was injured and taken away in an ambulance, according to broadcast reports. Until around 1 a.m., there was a minimal police presence and no indication anyone had been arrested.

Chants of “USA! USA!” and “Free Palestine!” rang out as bottles, and occasionally pieces of wood, were thrown.

The pro-Palestinian protesters had been preparing for such a showdown all day, offering self-defense classes Tuesday afternoon and providing those at the front of the crowd with hard hats and shields made out of trash cans.

Mary Osako, vice chancellor for UCLA Strategic Communications, provided an emailed statement to the Daily Bruin, the campus newspaper:

“Horrific acts of violence occurred at the encampment tonight, and we immediately called law enforcement for mutual-aid support,” she wrote. “The Fire Department and medical personnel are on the scene. We are sickened by this senseless violence and it must end.”

Numerous students and others were observing the chaotic scene without participating, many taking cellphone photos and videos.

Around 12:50 a.m. a spokesperson for Mayor Karen Bass said on social media that LAPD would be “responding immediately to Chancellor (Gene) Block’s request for support on campus.”

At 1:10 a.m., with no police separating the protesters, anti-Palestinian combatants were continuing to try to attack the pro-Palestinian encampment, hurling liquid and objects including a wooden pallet into the encampment fence line. Several pieces of plywood seized from the encampment by counter-protesters were dragged a block away and placed into a pile.

“I live nearby, so I just came and it’s kind of just escalated, there’s pepper spray thrown multiple times, bats, cones, things are flying,” Karin Lang told OC Hawk, a news organization that often works with the Southern California News Group, adding she attended UCLA. “This was my campus and I loved UCLA and I’d love for my future kids to come here, but now seeing how the Jewish population has completely been abandoned is insane.

“I think tensions are high and emotions and support whatever side you want, but preventing Jewish students from entering the library that they paid tuition for and for the chancellor and administration to not do anything is insane. No part of this is peaceful; I saw one of them hit a Jewish kid with a skateboard, I saw another with a broken nose, I’ve seen them come out in troves and attack and I think it’s insane that police aren’t here. I called police, others have called police many times over the span of two, three hours, and no one is here. They keep saying, ‘We’re on our way,’ and they hang up.”

Three CHP vehicles arrived, at about 1:15 a.m., along with some campus police vehicles. By around 1:30 a.m., Los Angeles police had also arrived and officers seemed to be gearing up to enter the fracas. Around 1:40 a.m., CHP and LAPD officer in riot gear were moving into the demonstration area. More than two dozen officers set up a skirmish line.

“The violence unfolding this evening at UCLA is absolutely abhorrent and inexcusable,” Mayor Bass posted on X. “LAPD has arrived on campus.”

Around 2:45 a.m., officers moved in to engage with the demonstrators to get them to disperse, telling them to leave or be arrested, ABC7 reported. Forty-five minutes later, the pro-Israel demonstrators had left the quad at the direction and encouragement of police, the station reported.

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