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Pro-Palestinian student protesters block one of the main roads to UC Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KION-TV)- Pro-Palestinian student protesters at UC Santa Cruz are currently blocking Hagar Drive on Wednesday afternoon.

An Instagram post that was made by student group UC Santa Cruz Justice in Palestine said "BLOCKING HAGAR." Hagar Drive is one of the main roads that leads to the UC Santa Cruz main campus.

A campus spokesperson sent a statement on the protestors blocking the road and impacts it could have.

"We are disappointed that student demonstrators are blocking Hagar Drive, requiring students, employees, and visitors to take alternate routes through campus. This action causes disruption and inconvenience for the entire campus community and is a violation of the student code of conduct. Our highest priority continues to be the safety and well-being of all of our students and employees,"

Scott Hernandez-Jason, Assistant Vice Chancellor for UC Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Police Deputy Chief Jon Bush told KION that Santa Cruz Police is not assisting university at this time for this incident.

The UC Santa Cruz Justice in Palestine organization said that Wednesday's protest is significant because the UC Board of Regents held their meeting on Wednesday. The day also marked the end of the strike voting period where grad students are voting to join the protests or not and UC Santa Cruz acceptance day.

"We have been taken off the negotiation table, we have been off it since Friday which is what this is right now, us trying to put more pressure on the University to listen to us and our demands," a protester said at UC Santa Cruz.

It has been two weeks since protestors set up encampments at Quarry Plaza. In our previous reporting, negotiations were ongoing between Pro-Palestinian student protestors and the university.

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