Police arrest at least 64 protesters at UMass Amherst: report

Video shows anti-Israel protesters clashing with police after a large law enforcement presence on the University of Massachusetts at Amherst campus Wednesday morning in response to an anti-Israel protest that began Tuesday evening.

The UMass Students for Justice in Palestine group posted video to its Instagram account showing police rushing at a large group of protesters who were chanting, "Who do you serve? Who do you protect?"

The Daily Collegian reported at least 64 arrests, including students and faculty, as police worked to clear the encampment set up on the Student Union South Lawn. This was the second encampment formed on the UMass campus since the nationwide movement calling on colleges to divest from Israel began at Columbia University in New York City on April 17.

UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski issued a statement Tuesday afternoon calling the encampment "unauthorized" and warning that wooden barricades constructed on campus must be removed. 

At 7:20 p.m., the school's Demonstration Response and Safety Team informed demonstrators that they have a first amendment right to free speech, but warned those present at the encampment were trespassing, according to the Daily Collegian. 

Police in riot gear reportedly entered the area around the encampment at 7:27 p.m. and began to make arrests at 7:45 p.m. 

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