Day two of Gaza encampment and protest lasts through the night

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (IUSTV News) — Just hours after police clashed with protesters, arresting 34 people, faculty and demonstrators returned to campus bright and early Friday for the second day of the Gaza encampment—in what remained a peaceful demonstration that lasted overnight.

Day two of the Gaza encampment began away from Dunn Meadow.

Around 10 a.m., faculty, including some who were arrested the previous day, gathered outside Bryan Hall with bullhorns and signs.

“Shame on IU!” were among some of the chants being shouted by demonstrators outside IU President Pamela Whitten’s office.

“Who keeps our students safe?” they shouted. “We do,” the faculty shouted in response.

One professor who was arrested and trespassed said she had a clerical error with her trespass warning, claiming the officer who issued it wrote the start and finish date as April 24, 2024. Other demonstrators who were arrested had their trespass warning issued until April 24, 2025.

An IU spokesperson said faculty and students are able to finish the spring semester on campus if they file an appeal for the trespass warnings.

“We encourage affected faculty and students to engage in the appeals process by contacting IUPD,” the spokesperson said. “Trespass ban notices will be suspended during the appeals process in nearly all cases. This will allow these students and faculty to complete the semester.”

After a brief faculty rally, demonstrators gathered their things and walked down Indiana Avenue towards Dunn Meadow.

After a short walk, staff and demonstrators arrived to the meadow, as did two officers with the IU Police Department, who walked through the meadow handing out similar flyers to the day before, and explained what is not allowed on campus during protests, specifically tents.

The protesters encouraged others to not take the flyers.

Some demonstrators pressed the officers, saying that they don’t agree or understand the no-tent policy. Police had little words to say, explaining they weren’t there to argue.

Things stayed quiet in Dunn Meadow, with no police interaction for quiet some time. Demonstrators put up more tents and laid down tarps. Food and supplies were brought in to prepare for the long haul.

In between live music, and chanting, several different speakers took to the microphone to rally the crowd, including some IU faculty who arrived to voice their support.

All remained calm and quiet until just before 2 p.m. As light rain picked up over campus, so too did police presence. The Indiana State Police arrived back at Dunn Meadow, and the same trooper who addressed the demonstrators Thursday returned with a similar plea.

“We don’t want what happened yesterday to have happen again today” the trooper said.

After that, police had no further interaction with the encampment. Some ISP officers were stationed on the roof of the Indiana Memorial Union, but members of ISP SWAT never stepped foot into Dunn Meadow.

The evening continued on, and the number of counter-protesters grew at the Chabad House across the street. Chants rang out back and forth from both sides as music was blasted throughout Dunn Meadow, but all remained peaceful.

Like Thursday, cars drove up and down 7th Street in front of campus honking horns, shouting, and many waving flags out the window.

At several points, counter-protesters at the Chabad House stepped into traffic, catching the attention of IUPD, who had returned to the area to monitor the situation.

Counter-protesters drive by the Chabad House, holding up a flag out the sunroof of a car. The passenger sticks his middle finger out in the direction of Dunn Meadow. (Olivia Oliver)

As tension grew between the two protests, ISP made their presence known in the sky. A State Police helicopter circled around the skies before leaving and not returning the rest of the day.

A helicopter with the Indiana State Police circles above the skies over Dunn Meadow on the second day of the Gaza encampment (Olivia Oliver)

Our team spotted a large barrage of police and tactical vehicles stationed in the parking lot of the IU Public Safety and Institutional Assurance building on 2nd Street. The helicopter had landed in the grass across the street near Binford Elementary School.

As the sunset over Bloomington Friday, so too did the tensions between police and protesters.

As the 11 p.m. curfew arrived, demonstrators remained in the encampment, saying they would be staying overnight.