Cal State building in Los Angeles damaged after pro-Palestinian protesters blockade campus building

LOS ANGELES (KABC)– Extensive damage was left on Cal State’s Los Angeles campus after pro-Palestinian protesters barricaded a building during a night of demonstrations, reportedly prompting the university’s president to take shelter on site in his office.

Protesters had already set up camps in another part of campus more than a month ago. But on Wednesday, a group broke up and began stacking furniture, overturning golf carts and tables to create barriers in front of the student services building and surrounding plaza.

They also removed photocopiers and furniture from inside the building to continue reinforcing the barricade well into the evening.

By Thursday morning, the group had dispersed from the building, but left behind significant damage to the exterior and interior of the building. Pro-Palestinian graffiti covered many ground floor windows, and videos from inside showed broken windows, other graffiti and debris strewn everywhere.

Pro-Palestinian protesters at Cal State LA piled up furniture and created barricades in front of the campus administration building.

The office of Campus President Berenecea Johnson Eanes, who was appointed last year and took office last January, is on the eighth floor of the building.

Officials confirmed that fewer than a dozen school employees were inside the building and were asked to shelter in place, but they would not say whether Eanes was among them.

There did not appear to be many campus police officers, or officers from outside agencies, in the area during the barricade. The LAPD told Eyewitness News they were not asked to get involved.

The school called the group an “unsanctioned protest activity.”

Protesters say Eanes has been silent for about 20 days, adding that they received an email from her this week, but she only reiterated what she had already told them.

“We are tired of being ignored, so this is the tactic we chose,” said Vera, a student protester. “…We have people chaining themselves to the front door of the building. They will not break away until the president of the university commits to withdrawing the university’s funds intended for this genocide. »

That protester said the group didn’t know Eanes was apparently inside the building and that they weren’t keeping anyone inside, and those who were were allowed out whenever they wanted.

As for the damage left behind, Vera said she doesn’t think the property is sacred, adding that the school receives money from student protesters, but she has no say in where it goes. This money.

Meanwhile, classes will remain remote until further notice and university events scheduled through Friday have been canceled.

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