Arrests made after a swarm of pro-Palestinian demonstrators Brooklyn Museum

NEW YORK – Hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators invaded the Brooklyn Museum on Friday.

New York City police say arrests have been made, but it is unclear how many people have been arrested.

Protests began around 4 p.m. in Fort Greene, where hundreds of people gathered to march near the Barclays Center.

Protesters marched to the Brooklyn Museum around 4:30 p.m. Video shows museum employees rushing to lock doors as protesters approach.

Some people even climbed the building and unfurled a giant banner on the roof that read “Liberate Palestine and Divest from Genocide.”

A pro-Palestinian protester, top left, hangs a flag atop the Brooklyn Museum during a demonstration demanding a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, Friday, May 31, 2024, in New York.

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The Brooklyn Museum says it did not call the New York police, but police arrived on the scene and clashed with protesters, making arrests.

The museum told CBS New York in a statement that existing and newly installed artwork in its plaza was damaged and that members of the museum’s public safety staff were physically and verbally harassed as protesters entered the building.

The museum closed an hour early out of concern for the safety of the building, its collections and museum staff.

Pro-Palestinian protesters wave flags at the Brooklyn Museum during a demonstration demanding a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, Friday, May 31, 2024, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

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Police say the group behind the protest organized several others, including near the Met Gala earlier in May.

The event takes place on the same day President Joe Biden says Israel has offered a new ceasefire proposaland as Israel continues its efforts further into Rafaha town in southern Gaza.

“Israel has proposed a new comprehensive proposal,” Biden said. “It is a road map for a lasting ceasefire and the release of all hostages. This proposal was transmitted by Qatar to Hamas.”

The event also precedes the 60th annual Israel Day in the fifth parade this Sunday. An internal threat assessment obtained by CBS New York says the event could be “an attractive target for an act of violence or mass disruption.”

Israel continues to face growing international criticism over Palestinian deaths and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

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