Clashes Break Out Amid Protests at UCLA

Chaos erupted at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) late Tuesday as protesters violently clashed at a pro-Palestinian encampment on campus.

The clashes have continued for more than two hours - into early Wednesday - after law enforcement didn't immediately respond to the scene. Meanwhile, brawls continued to escalate with people getting beaten and barricades being used as weapons.

The violence escalated just before 11 p.m. when counter-protesters surrounded the encampment. There were multiple occasions when fireworks were thrown inside the encampment. People were also seen using sticks as weapons during the skirmishes.

It's unclear how many people have been injured.

LAPD officials said they were in contact with campus police. The CHP also confirmed it was requested to send units. But more than two hours of clashes passed with no uniformed campus police or LAPD officers on scene.

"Horrific acts of violence occurred at the encampment tonight and we immediately called law enforcement for mutual aid support," Mary Osako, vice chancellor for UCLA Strategic Communications, said in an email to UCLA's campus newspaper, the Daily Bruin.

"The fire department and medical personnel are on the scene. We are sickened by this senseless violence and it must end."

Mayor Karen Bass, who is in Washington, has spoken to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and interim LAPD Chief Dominic Choi about the situation, according to a spokesperson.

"LAPD is responding immediately to Chancellor Block's request for support on campus," spokesperson Zach Seidl wrote on social media.

( Source: ABC7 )

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