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Police arrest 8 pro-Palestine protesters who blocked entrance to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Stephanie Zappelli, The Sacramento Bee on

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Police arrested eight Pro-Palestine protesters blocking an entrance to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Thursday, the university told the the San Luis Obispo Tribune after the demonstration.

At least one Cal Poly faculty member was detained, according to witnesses.

At about 7:30 a.m., a handful of people set up wooden barricades in the crosswalk of California Boulevard and Campus Way. Spray-painted cardboard signs leaned against the barricades reading “Defund Genocide” and “Free Palestine.”

The group gathered to protest Israel’s attacks on Gaza and to demand that Cal Poly divest from companies that support and profit from the war.

Since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, Israeli military attacks have killed more than 35,000 Palestinians in Gaza, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. Hamas meanwhile still holds about 100 Israeli hostages abducted on Oct. 7, the AP said.

Numerous Cal Poly student groups, including Students for Quality Education, posted a call to action on Instagram on Thursday morning inviting people to the protest.


The Cal Poly chapter of Young Democratic Socialists of America also posted about the protest on Instagram. In its Instagram bio, the group linked to a list of demands for the university.

The demands include that Cal Poly support an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza, create a supportive space for Palestinian students, faculty, staff and their supporters on campus, drop all charges against student protesters, and divest from companies “that profit off of war, prisons, detention centers and policing,” the list said.

Cal Poly plant sciences professor Ashraf Tubeileh observed the protest from the sidewalk on Thursday. He grew up in the West Bank in Palestine and has marched in other local protests that called for an end to the war in Gaza.

“I hope to see the administration listen to the students,” Tubeileh said. “Our students are in distress, they’re seeing a genocide take place. They are really frustrated about this and they want to make their voices heard.”


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