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    No updates on whether UCI will dismantle encampment, spokesperson says
    • May 2, 2024

    A university spokesperson on day four of the Gaza-solidarity encampment at UC Irvine said there are no updates on whether the university will take further action regarding the protest in light of the overnight dismantling of the encampment at UCLA.

    As of mid-morning Thursday, May 2, the situation at UCI appeared to be very calm.

    Students, who are calling for the university to divest itself from businesses with ties to Israeli and weapon manufacturers, huddled inside the barricaded encampment zone while just a handful of reporters walked around and several TV cameras pointed at them. The students also want the university to grant amnesty for demonstrators.

    University officials in an earlier message to those participating had said students and staff who voluntarily leave the encampment “will not face discipline.”

    At UCLA,  police in riot gear dismantled the massive encampment set up by pro-Palestinian protesters outside Royce Hall. Dozens of people were detained.

    In Irvine, however, there were less than 10 campus police and private security seen walking around monitoring the encampment early Thursday.

    Check back for updates.

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    ​ Orange County Register