Chaos Erupts Near Met Gala, Dozens Arrested

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( – While the stars attended the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York police were attempting to keep the peace, making about two dozen arrests and clashing with over 1,000 pro-Palestine protesters, according to reports.

Protestors left a wake of destruction in their path as they marched toward the museum, including vandalizing the One Hundred Seventh Infantry World War I Memorial, where they graffitied “Gaza” in large letters and covered the memorial in stickers with the phrase “Stop the genocide. End the apartheid. Free Palestine.”

At least one protester was filmed setting the American flag alight at the memorial.

The protestors continued their disruptive behavior by climbing on statues of soldiers and waving Palestinian flags; others draped the flags over the bronze soldiers as they made their way through the memorial.

Video surfacing on X from FreedomNews TV shows NYPD pulling a protester to the ground while officers in riot gear escort another protester who appears handcuffed. 

As police warned the group of protesters to remain on the sidewalk, the three-minute video shows masked protesters being dragged to the ground by NYPD and being placed in handcuffs.

The video displays the chaotic scenes of riot police attempting to restrain protestors with a baton as other protestors lay handcuffed on the ground.

The video also shows a water bottle being flung in the officers’ direction.

Protestors, who began their march at Hunter College, chanted, “Disclose, divest, we will not stop, we will not rest,” amid reports that the pro-Palestine organizers “Within Our Lifetime” encouraged protestors to participate in a “day of rage.”

Although the protest was planned to culminate at the Met Gala, police successfully diverted the crowd to Central Park and blocked the exits.

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