They Caused ‘Significant Damage’ (Video)

( – Confirming their demonstrations were everything but peaceful, anti-Israel protesters at Cal State L.A. vacated the premises after causing “significant damage.”

Watch the video below.

The protesters had occupied a campus building that includes the president’s office and recently barricaded themselves inside the Student Services Building.

They caused destruction such as smashed windows and walls defaced with red paint and graffiti with slogans like “Free Gaza” and “We See the Blood on your Hands,” as reported by local media.

The demonstrators had used overturned tables, umbrellas, tarps, golf carts and office furniture to block the building’s entrances and exits.

Due to the situation, several administrators were confined to an upper floor for a few hours.

Campus spokesperson Erik Hollins informed the Los Angeles Times that most of the demonstrators left the building on their own accord while the remainder left following a police dispersal order.

University staff who had stayed inside the building during the occupation were also able to depart.

Hollins reported to the newspaper that there was “significant damage” across the first four floors of the building.

Shortly after the protesters occupied the building, university officials managed to identify a safe exit route for employees.

Nonetheless, about a dozen university staff members, including the school’s new president Berenecea Johnson Eanes, chose to remain inside voluntarily to handle the situation.

According to Hollins, between 50 to 100 protesters participated in the incident. The police is currently treating the area as a crime scene.

In response to the situation, the university issued a “Protest Action Alert” on its website and advised people to stay away from the main campus.

The alert stated: “All classes and operations on main campus will be held remotely until further notice.”

This protest action follows six weeks of ongoing anti-Israel demonstrations at another part of the campus known as the Gaza Solidarity Encampment.

Members of this group had informed the university via email about their sit-in at the Student Services Building.

Hollins told the Times that the university had attempted to accommodate peaceful, nonviolent protests. “Unfortunately, this action went in a different direction,” he noted.

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