Apr 29, 2024 - News

Pro-Palestine demonstrations ramp up in New Orleans

In two side-by-side photos, red spray paint is seen on the Presbytere building. It says "Free Gaza" and "The Pope called a cease-fire."

The Presbytére was vandalized last week with spray paint calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. Photos: Courtesy of the lieutenant governor's office

Twelve people were arrested Sunday during a pro-Palestine demonstration in Jackson Square, New Orleans police said.

The big picture: Protesters set up tents inside the fenced area and refused to leave after the park's 7pm closure, according to WWL.

  • As officers removed people, authorities say demonstrators struck them with various items.
  • Five officers were injured, NOPD said in a statement Monday. They were treated at a hospital and released.

Driving the news: The arrested protesters face a variety of charges, NOPD says, including battery on a police office, criminal trespass and interfering with a law enforcement investigation.

  • Three will face charges of hate crime on law enforcement.
  • The arrested people are men and women raging in age from 24-37.

State of play: Protests have ramped up locally and nationally related to the Israel-Hamas war.

What she's saying: "It is never okay for any demonstrators to negatively attack our police officers when they are working to protect and serve our city," Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement Monday.

  • She added that "many peaceful protests" take place in the city.

Editor's note: This story was updated at 5:20pm Monday with additional information from NOPD and Mayor LaToya Cantrell, including increased numbers for arrests and injuries.

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