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Third arson this month reported at Dwinelle Annex construction site | Crime and Safety

At approximately 1:37 p.m., UCPD responded to a fire at the Dwinelle Annex construction site. After further investigation, UCPD officers reported arson, according to a campus WarnMe sent out Sunday evening.

This is the third arson reported on campus in recent weeks, following the setting on fire of a UCPD police vehicle on June 2 and an arson in Koshland Hall last Thursday.

According to an anonymous post at 3:45 p.m. on Indybay—the same group that claimed responsibility for the Koshland Hall arson attack—the arson attack was “retaliation” for the UCPD's involvement in police operations against pro-Palestinian student protesters at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA. Similar retaliation claims have also been made in connection with the UCPD car burning and Koshland Hall.

The post further stated that this act was also a measure of solidarity and retaliation towards the homeless who lost their homes due to the construction work in People's Park.

Although WarnMe did not list any specific damage at the construction site, building materials, wooden pallets and a “vast dry bushland” were set on fire, the post said.

At the time of going to press, there was no comment from the UCPD.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.