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11 students arrested after disrupting Israeli ambassador's speech at UC Irvine
by Raja Abdulrahim
Soon after Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren began his speech Monday night at UC Irvine, the first student rose.
"Michael Oren, propagating murder is not an expression of free speech," the student in a gray hoodie yelled.
The remainder of his words were drowned out by an uproar of cheering and clapping from students sitting around him before he was led away by university police. It was the first of 10 interruptions throughout the speech, and by the end of the night, 11 UC Irvine and Riverside students were arrested and cited for disturbing a public event.
The students were held in a nearby room until Oren finished his speech and were then released, said university spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon.
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