Dem Rashida Tlaib joins with Wayne State anti-Israel protesters, blocks police from entering campus

Radical Rep. Rashida Tlaib blocked police from entering the campus at Wayne State University, informing them they could go around while she rallied anti-Israel, pro-Hamas protesters.

Tlaib grandstanded her hatred for Israel, joining the protest and acting as if the police were nothing more than an inconvenience. She arrogantly expected them to follow her orders.

The protest prompted administrators to move classes online Tuesday, citing safety issues. The protesters refused to leave the encampment and were emboldened by Tlaib.

“A video posted on social media Tuesday evening shows Tlaib among a crowd blocking a police car from entering campus, telling the officer to find another route. ‘You know you can go around, you know you can go around,’ Tlaib, who is Muslim, is seen telling the officer, who backs up the car and drives slowly in reverse, the video shows,” The College Fix reported.

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It was rumored that police were prepping to raid the encampment Tuesday morning. Tlaib and university activists braced to take on the police if that happened, according to the Detroit Metro Times.

“At dawn Tuesday, Wayne State Police SUVs lurked atop the Gullen Mall walkway, with some unmarked vehicles appearing briefly. A protester sat in front of one of the SUVs to block its path,” the outlet reported.

The police retreated and the raid never materialized.

“The encampment is about six days old. Protesters reportedly denied a request for a private meeting with administrators, calling for it to be public, as Tlaib bashed university leadership for switching to remote learning, calling it an overreaction on her Instagram account, and demanding officials come negotiate with the activists,” The College Fix continued.

“This is the Wayne State University @waynestate student encampment where they are urging @presidentespy to meet with them about divesting in war manufacturers and support for the genocide in Gaza. Instead of meeting with them, President [Kimberly Andrews] Espy decided to have the whole campus go remote. It is absolutely ridiculous that Espy reacts to student protests like this. Meet with your students,” Tlaib posted on Instagram.

A campus spokesman named Matt Lockwood claimed the situation is “fluid” in an interview with the Detroit Free Press.

“There are some walkways that have been blocked that are around the encampment … the fire marshal has expressed some concerns about combustible materials that have accumulated [and…] there are a small number of occupants that have challenged public safety,” Lockwood contended.

Lockwood went on to state there were approximately 20 tents and about 40 protesters involved. He said that many appeared not to be students. The spokesman also commented that there was no plan currently to use the police to clear the encampment.

The Detroit Metro Times reported there were roughly 200 protesters, not 40.

According to the student newspaper the South End, Espy declared that the encampment should be dismantled.

“Wayne State University is the most diverse campus in Michigan,” Espy claimed in an email. “We value diversity and inclusion, and we are responsible for ensuring the campus is welcoming and inclusive for everyone. For some in our community, the encampment has created an environment of exclusion – one where some felt unwelcome and unable to fully participate in campus life. This is another reason why the encampment must be dismantled.”

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