Headline RoundupMay 1st, 2024

Dueling Protesters Clash at UCLA

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Fighting broke out between pro-Palestine and pro-Israel protesters at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) on Tuesday night.

The Details: Videos show pro-Israel protesters tearing down barricades erected by the pro-Palestine group; at one point, firecrackers were thrown at the barricades. Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass said the "violence" is "absolutely abhorrent and inexcusable." The LAPD arrived on campus and broke up much of the fighting early Wednesday morning.

For Context: As the protest groups were clashing at UCLA, police in New York cleared a pro-Palestine encampment at Columbia University and arrested dozens of protesters. Similar protests continue on college campuses across the country.

How the Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum, especially on the left and in the center, focused on reports of pro-Israel protesters trying to tear down "protective" barriers erected by pro-Palestine protesters. Fox News (Right bias) called the scene a "battlefield" after "pro-Israel counter-protesters went to the university overnight to confront the anti-Israel protesters." Many sources on the left and in the center have drawn parallels between the ongoing pro-Palestine protests and the anti-Vietnam War protests of 1968.

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