Cal State LA president stuck in office as pro-Palestinian protesters block campus building

LOS ANGELES (KABC)– Pro-Palestinian protesters barricaded a Cal State building in Los Angeles, where the campus president was apparently sheltering, trapped in place in her office, Eyewitness News has learned.

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.

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.

The college asked employees in the student services building to shelter in place, while employees across the rest of campus were instructed to leave.

Pro-Palestinian encampment at CSULA linked to vandalism and anti-Semitic graffiti

CSULA students not involved in the protest say their classmates have a right to express themselves, but the encampment blocks access to campus and has been linked to vandalism and graffiti.

By late afternoon, much of the campus beyond the SSB appeared empty as the AIR7 HD flew overhead. A campus spokesperson confirmed that fewer than a dozen school employees were still at SSB Wednesday evening, but would not confirm whether Eanes was still among them.

“I can confirm that there are still a small number of administrators in the building,” campus spokesman Erik Hollins said. “We are studying different options to provide the best possible solution to this fluid situation. »

A group of protesters, many of whom hid their faces, was stationed outside the building’s entrance. Many windows on the ground floor and some on the upper floors were covered in pro-Palestinian graffiti apparently painted from the inside.

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

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

Some protesters brought food, supplies — and even diapers — to the building, a sign they were willing to stay for a while.

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