BOSTON (WHDH) - Dozens of people were taken into custody and students with valid Northeastern University IDs were released after police cleared a pro-Palestine encampment on the campus early Saturday morning, officials said.

Northeastern University Police, in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, cleared an unauthorized encampment on the campus that they say began as a student demonstration two days ago but was “infiltrated by professional organizers with no affiliation to Northeastern.”

“Last night, the use of antisemitic slurs, including “Kill the Jews,” crossed the line,” police wrote. “We cannot tolerate this kind of hate on our campus.”

But student leaders dispute that claim, saying the only statement like that came from counter-protesters who were opposed to the encampment.

Alina Caudle, a Northeastern University sophomore, said, “Northeastern took that one statement made by a student completely out of context, disregarded that it was said by a counter protester not affiliated with the demonstration, and come in this morning and destroy the encampment.”

As part of the clearing of the site, about 100 people were detained. Students with valid IDs were released and will face disciplinary proceedings with the university. Those who refused to disclose their affiliation were arrested.

State police say approximately 102 protesters who refused to comply with orders to disperse were arrested and will be charged by NUPD with trespassing and disorderly conduct. They are being transported to the Suffolk County House of Correction to be booked and processed.

One protester described the moment police closed in on the encampment.

“Police literally picking students up by their hands and feet, taking them out, sitting them right there on the edge, taking students through the building and putting them in vans on the other side so we cant see anything,” she said,

Sarah Barber, a Northeastern University senior said, “I just cant sit and watch it, and if I lose my diploma because of that, that’s a risk I’m willing to take.”

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