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Photos: Authorities move in to clear pro-Palestinian protesters from UC Irvine

A free Palestine banner with a red fist and the flag's colors
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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Scores of police officers converged on UC Irvine on Wednesday as a pro-Palestinian demonstration escalated, with protesters occupying and barricading the Physical Sciences Lecture Hall, which is near their encampment.

The escalation of the protest began about 2:30 p.m., according to a university spokesperson. School officials have sent out two alerts telling students to shelter in place. UCI said “a group of several hundred protesters” entered the building.

Law enforcement personnel push back demonstrators at UCI.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Law enforcement personnel push back demonstrators at UCI.

Police grab a demonstrator as they move forward to break up a demonstration at UC Irvine.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
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Police grab a demonstrator as they move forward to break up a demonstration at UCI.

 Police remove pallets as they continue to move out protesters from the plaza outside the UCI physical sciences building.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Police remove pallets as they continue to move out protesters from the plaza outside the UCI physical sciences building.

A pro-Palestinian protester stands in front of a line of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies.
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

A pro-Palestinian protester stands in front of a line of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies.

A UCI professor is arrested during a demonstration at UCI
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

A UCI professor is arrested during a demonstration at UCI.

A weeks-long pro-Palestine protest at UC Irvine.
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

The weeks-long pro-Palestinian protest at UC Irvine.

A pro-Palestinian demonstrator confront law enforcement at UCI.
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

A pro-Palestinian demonstrator confronts law enforcement at UCI.

A pro-Palestinian demonstrator flashes a piece sign as a weeks-long pro-Palestine protest at UC Irvine.
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)
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A pro-Palestinian demonstrator flashes a peace sign.

People flee the area after a weeks-long pro-Palestine protest at UC Irvine demanding
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

People flee the area after a weeks-long pro-Palestine protest at UC Irvine.

A protester is arrested at UC Irvine as police break up the encampment.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

A protester is arrested as police break up the encampment.

Pro-Palestinian protesters link arms to form a blockade to the Physical Sciences\
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)
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