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Police investigate pro-Palestinian protest at UC Santa Barbara that disrupted finals week

A classroom inside Girvetz Hall at UC Santa Barbara.
Provided by "saygenocideucsb" Instagram account
A classroom inside Girvetz Hall at UC Santa Barbara, as of Monday, June 10th 2024.

Local police continue to investigate a pro-Palestinian protest at UC Santa Barbara that disrupted finals week.

According to university representatives, a group of unidentified people stopped students from entering several campus classrooms Monday. The group then ignored the university’s request to vacate the building.

Social media photos, posted by the username ‘saygenocideucsb,’ show classrooms from Girvetz Hall vandalized.

In one of the classrooms, red-paint surrounds a chalkboard that has, “say genocide” written on it. Chairs have fallen over, and rocks are spread around like an explosion occurred. On the outside of the building, a poster hangs that says, “You can take finals, they never will.”

In a separate social media post the group called the university quote “illegitimate” and said, quote: “We must answer the call to escalate for Gaza by any means necessary.”

A university spokeswoman said she is not aware of any arrests at this time. But, some final exams had to be rescheduled.

Gabriela Fernandez came to KCBX in May of 2022 as a general assignment reporter, and became news director in December of 2023. She graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in Political Science. During her senior year, she interned at CapRadio in their podcast department, and later worked for them as an associate producer on the TahoeLand podcast. When she's not writing or editing news stories, she loves to travel, play tennis and take her 140-lbs dog, Atlas, on long walks by the coast.
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