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Several people arrested after Penn’s community alert of large crowd forming on campus in University City

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Multiple arrests were made Friday evening as pro-Palestinian protesters gathered Friday evening on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Police told CBS News Philadelphia there were several arrests at 34th and Walnut near Fisher-Bennett Hall.

It is not yet clear how many people were arrested, but Penn police and Philadelphia police escorted several people and took them into custody.

The university sent out a community alert to the public to ensure police were on scene to investigate and asked people to use caution and avoid the busy area.

According to a press release from Freedom School Palestine, members of the Penn Gaza Solidarity Camp gathered at 8 p.m. to occupy Fisher Bennett Hall on campus.

The Penn Gaza Solidarity Camp said it stood in solidarity with the Palestinian people and that its demands remained that the university “disclose Penn’s investments, divest from the Israeli apartheid state, and defend protesters and pro-Palestinian academics,” the statement read in part.

The organization said the room they are protesting in will remain occupied until the university disengages from Israel.

Later that evening, about 100 pro-Palestinian protesters chanted and linked arms nearby in the middle of 34th Street.

Dozens of Philadelphia police officers stood on the sidelines as tense moments unfolded.

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Around 10:15 p.m., protesters left that area of ​​campus and police remained on scene.

It was a week ago, the police were on campus dismantle the pro-Palestinian protest camp and make arrests. A university spokesperson said 33 people were arrested and released.

Watch Chopper 3’s coverage of pro-Palestinian protesters on the University of Pennsylvania campus

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