2 May 2024

Biden tells US Gaza protesters they have ‘no right to cause chaos’

Washington Correspondent

For the last fortnight, America’s tented protest movement has spread from campus to campus, seemingly unabated by political condemnation. But the last forty-eight hours have seen hundreds of arrests, with the Los Angeles Police Department clearing an encampment at UCLA – hot on the heels of the mass arrests at Columbia University in New York.

Stung by criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike for his lack of comment about the unrest, President Biden condemned the violence and vandalism, but defended the right to peaceful protest.