May 21, 2024

Police Clear Encampment from University of Virginia, Arrests Made

The Virginia State Police cleared an anti-Israel protest on the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville on Saturday and reportedly took over two dozen protesters into custody.

Law enforcement officers in riot gear had been seen approaching the pro-Palestinian encampment that sat on the college’s garden and spraying chemical irritants as they started clearing the encampment, in keeping with a video posted by The Cavalier Daily, UVA’s student-run newspaper.

This got here hours after the scholar newspaper reported that roughly 40 legislation enforcement officers had surrounded the anti-Israel encampment near 12:30 p.m.

In one other video posted to X by the student-run newspaper, police might be seen dragging a protester away from the encampment.

UVA issued a statement {that a} pro-Palestinian protest held on the campus “came to an end” after University, state, and native legislation enforcement officers started clearing the world after “multiple and repeated violations of several University policies, including the use of tents and amplified sound” had been made.

The college wrote:

A professional-Palestinian protest on Grounds got here to an finish Saturday after University, native and state police cleared the world following a number of and repeated violations of a number of University insurance policies, together with the use of tents and amplified sound. Subsequent violent conduct together with failure to observe law-enforcement instructions led to the declaration of an illegal meeting.

Before Saturday’s standoff with legislation enforcement, which resulted in 25 arrests as of Saturday night, the demonstration that started on Tuesday had been peaceable and complied with University insurance policies.

The arrests and clearing of the encampment got here after UVA President Jim Ryan revealed that the “tone of the protest changed” on Friday night.

“We…. learned last evening, after the protesters had made a public call for others to join, that individuals unaffiliated with the University – who also presented some safety concerns – had joined them,” Ryan stated in an e mail. “Despite numerous requests to comply with multiple University policies, the protesters refused.”

Protesters started pitching tents on Friday evening “near the University Chapel and started using megaphones, both in violation of University policies that the group had previously agreed to follow,” UVA’s assertion stated.

Around 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, protesters had been knowledgeable that the tents would should be eliminated or services administration employees would start eradicating them.

Hours after this, round 11:45 a.m. state and native legislation enforcement officers arrived and knowledgeable the protesters that they had been violating college insurance policies and offered protesters with 10 minutes to go away.

Around 2:45 p.m., protesters had been as soon as once more warned to go away and knowledgeable that the protest on the garden was an “unlawful assembly.”

The clearing of the pro-Palestinian encampment comes as police have raided and cleared encampments at universities, together with Columbia University, the City University of New York, Fordham University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

On April 17, the primary pro-Palestinian encampment was established at Columbia University, leading to a number of college students being suspended the following day and a whole lot of protesters being arrested.

While the primary encampment was eliminated, a second one was established and remained till the New York Police Department carried out a raid after protesters seized management of Hamilton Hall, an educational constructing on campus.

Pro-Palestinian protests and encampments have been established on school and college campuses throughout the nation in support of the primary one began at Columbia University.