“O Los Angeles Police Department is evicting the UCP center [Campos de University Park]; if you are inside the center of the campus, please leave; people who do not leave may be detained”, university officials said in a message posted on social media and cited by the Spanish news agency, Efe.

This second camp had been created following the eviction of a first protest, on April 24, in which more than 90 people were detained.

Tensions soared at this private university when the institution’s rector, Carol Folt, decided, in mid-April, to cancel, for alleged security reasons, the speech given by the university’s best student at the graduation ceremony, Muslim Asna Tabassum.

Afterwards, he ended up canceling the entire ceremony, which was supposed to take place on May 10th with more than 65 thousand participants at the Los Angeles Coliseum stadium, but he backed down and kept the event going, albeit with reinforced security.

Last week, the dean said that “freedom of expression and assembly do not include the right to obstruct equal access to the ‘campus’, damage property or encourage harassment, violence or threats”.

The eviction of the protest camp at USC comes after the police dissolved, on Thursday night, the camp at the University of California, also in Los Angeles, where many students offered resistance and 200 of them ended up being detained.

Several pro-Palestine protests have been held at several public and private North American universities, but have been dismantled by the police, alleging that they promote anti-Semitism, in police operations in which more than 2,500 North American students were detained.

Protesters protest against United States support for Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip and demand that universities sever any relationship with institutions linked to Israel.

On Saturday, police removed campaign tents and detained around 25 people at a protest at the University of Virginia, at the same time that dozens of students interrupted the University of Michigan graduation ceremony with shouts in favor of Palestine.

The student movement against the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip that began about two weeks ago on North American campuses continues to spread around the world.

Close to 2,300 young people have already been arrested in protests in the USA, which are reminiscent of the protest against the Vietnam War in the late 1960s.

From Canada to Australia, passing through Europe, students from several countries have joined the protest.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2554328/desmantelado-acampamento-de-estudantes-em-universidade-da-california

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