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Pro-Palestinian demonstrators arrested after occupying Stanford University president's office

A university statement said 13 people were arrested and that there was extensive damage inside and outside the building.
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Posted at 11:07 AM, Jun 05, 2024

Stanford University said 13 people were arrested as law enforcement removed pro-Palestinian demonstrators who occupied a campus building early Wednesday that houses the university president and provost offices, with the school saying there was damage inside and outside the building.

The takeover began near dawn on the last day of classes for the spring quarter. Some protesters barricaded themselves inside while others linked arms outside, The Stanford Daily reported. The group chanted "Palestine will be free, we will free Palestine."

The student newspaper said one of its reporters was among those detained.

Within about two hours, officers had broken into the building and began taking people into custody.

"Law enforcement has arrested 13 individuals, and the building has been cleared," university spokesperson Dee Mostofi said in an email to The Associated Press, saying later that, "A public safety officer was injured after being shoved by protesters who were interfering with a transport vehicle.

"There has been extensive damage to the interior and exterior of the building," Mostofi said. "No other campus operations have been affected at this time."

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