Unchecked Violence Erupts at UCLA Pro-Palestinian Clash

Violence erupted at a pro-Palestinian encampment on Tuesday night at the University of California, Los Angeles, where clashes between pro-Palestinian protesters and counterprotesters escalated for nearly five hours before police intervention. The clashes began when counterprotesters attempted to dismantle barricades set up by pro-Palestinian demonstrators, triggering a swift response from the latter to rebuild their defenses.

Despite the ongoing violence, police did not intervene immediately, leaving the situation unchecked for hours. Videos captured the chaos as counterprotesters attacked pro-Palestinian demonstrators using various weapons, including sticks and fireworks. The violence reached a peak when counterprotesters sprayed chemicals into the encampment and engaged in physical altercations, resulting in injuries.

A Detailed Analysis of Hours of Unrest and Delayed Intervention Raises Concerns Over Campus Safety and Law Enforcement Response

The motive behind the counterprotest and the identities of the perpetrators remain unclear. However, many counter protesters were observed wearing attire with pro-Israel slogans. Some even played Israeli national anthems and songs during the clashes.

Throughout the ordeal, university security personnel remained passive, while the violence continued unabated. It wasn’t until more than two hours after the clashes began that U.C.L.A. officials called for police assistance, prompting the arrival of law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.

Inside UCLA Protest (Credits: The New York Times)

However, even after police arrived on the scene, they initially remained passive, standing at a distance from the violence for approximately an hour. It wasn’t until 2:42 a.m. that officers began to intervene actively, dispersing the crowds and restoring relative calm to the area.


The delayed response from law enforcement drew criticism from various quarters, including U.C.L.A.’s chancellor, Gene Block, who condemned the attacks as unacceptable. Both Jewish and Muslim organizations in Los Angeles also denounced the violence, calling for investigations into the lack of police intervention.

In the aftermath of the clashes, more than 200 people were arrested, and the pro-Palestinian encampment was dismantled. However, questions linger regarding the handling of the situation and the safety of those involved.

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