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UCLA shifts to remote classes amid protests – NBC Los Angeles

What to know

  • Normal campus activities were scheduled to resume Monday at UCLA after weeks of protest over the war in Gaza.
  • Officers responded to Moore Hall and took several people into custody Monday morning in a campus parking lot.
  • The police activity comes after a protest camp on campus was cleared last week.

Dozens of people were arrested and law enforcement officers responded to at least two buildings at UCLA Monday morning as normal activities were set to resume after weeks of protest at an encampment on the Westwood campus.

Campus police officers gathered early Monday outside Moore Hall, where metal barriers blocked the entrance. Video appeared to show people inside a building, possibly part of an organized protest sit-in over the war in Gaza.

Police activity on the UCLA campus is increasing. Video broadcast Monday, May 6, 2024 on Today in LA.

The university sent out an alert later Monday morning indicating that classes in Moore Hall will be held remotely due to “ongoing disruptions.” Later Monday, the university said all Monday classes will be remote with limited campus activities.

“Law enforcement is stationed on campus to help promote safety,” the university said in its report alert. “Student Affairs has staff on campus to support our students.”

Later Monday morning, a sit-in was reported at UCLA’s Dodd Hall, where demonstrators, some with loudspeakers, chanted “Free Palestine” both outside and inside the building.

Officers arrested 43 people in a campus parking lot for delaying a police investigation. More details about why they were being held were not immediately available.

Those taken into custody were transported in a sheriff’s department inmate van for booking.

The campus was the site of protests over the war in Gaza. Last week, officers cleared an encampment that protesters had set up on campus.

UCLA was scheduled to resume regular campus activities on Monday after classes were moved online Thursday and Friday due to the unrest.

Police moved in and cleared the weeklong pro-Palestinian encampment early Thursday, arresting 209 people. Most of the detainees were arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly and then released with instructions to appear in court at a later date.

No significant injuries were reported to protesters or to the hundreds of police officers who took part in the raid.

Disputes between protesters at the camp reached their peak on Tuesday and early Wednesday, when the pro-Palestinian camp was attacked by counter-protesters supporting Israel, who set off fireworks and reportedly deployed pepper spray or bear repellent. The violence led to the cancellation of all classes at UCLA on Wednesday.

Last weekend, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block announced a newly created Office of Campus Safety to manage policing and emergency management. On May 23, Block is expected to testify before Congress about UCLA’s response to anti-Semitism on campus and actions to protect Jewish students.

The militant Hamas group said on Monday it has accepted a ceasefire proposal between Egypt and Qatar to end the seven-month war with Israel. A statement was issued on Monday saying its supreme leader, Ismail Haniyeh, broke the news in a phone call with Qatar’s prime minister and Egypt’s intelligence minister.

The two Middle Eastern countries have been mediating talks between Israel and Hamas for months. There was no immediate comment from Israel. The announcement came hours after Israel ordered Palestinians to begin evacuating the city of Rafah in southern Gaza ahead of an Israeli military operation. Israel says Rafah is Hamas’s last stronghold.

On Monday, the Israeli army ordered tens of thousands of Palestinians in the southern Gaza city of Rafah to begin evacuating. The warning is a signal that a ground invasion could be imminent months after Hamas’ attack on southern Israel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.