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Actor Shia LeBeouf, left, stands in front of a live-steam camera with the words "HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US" posted on a wall outside of the the Museum of the Moving Image as members of the public join LeBeouf in chanting the words "He will Not Divide Us" in the Queens borough of New York. LaBeouf has spent the first four days of the Trump presidency swaying, dancing and chanting, along with anyone who wants to join in. The project by LeBeouf and two other artists opened on Jan. 20 and is expected to go for 4 years, or for "the duration of the presidency." (AP Photo/Deepti Hajela)

Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump exhibit is shutting down for being a 'flashpoint for violence'

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UPDATE Feb. 10 | 10:28 a.m.:

A New York museum said Friday that it is shutting down its controversial anti-President Trump live stream exhibit by Shia LaBeouf, because the installation has become a “flashpoint for violence,” according to The New York Post.

The live stream was set to run 24/7, for the duration of Trump's presidency.

Statement from the museum

“The installation created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the museum, its visitors, its staff, local residents and businesses,” the museum said in a statement to the Post.

“While the installation began constructively, it deteriorated markedly after one of the artists was arrested at the site of the installation and ultimately necessitated this action.” The statement said the controversy led to “numerous arrests” and prompted around-the-clock police patrols.

UPDATE 12:40 p.m.: 

Shia LaBeouf's supporters argue that the fight that broke out on his anti-Trump "He Will Not Divide Us" livestream was provoked by trolls. 

Witnesses said people held "Make America Great Again" signs in front of the camera and chanted "Pepe," the name of the popular meme that was co-opted as an alt-right symbol. On Sunday, a man reportedly approached LaBeouf and chanted "1488," a neo-Nazi slogan.

One video of the live stream shows LaBeouf getting visibly angry.

Another person caught LaBeouf's attention, then said, "Hitler did nothing wrong."

Supporters jumped to LaBeouf's defense.

Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump exhibit is shutting down for being a 'flashpoint for violence'

Tahj Greaves, 16, has been coming out to the installation sporadically for about a week with his classmates from a high school in Astoria, Queens. And while he understands the message LaBeouf is trying to spread, he thinks LaBeouf should have been more careful.

Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump exhibit is shutting down for being a 'flashpoint for violence'

But Ben Ellougani, a protester and a member of the U.S. Army Reserves military police, thinks otherwise: “If you mess with him, just like any other human being, you’re gonna get something.” 

Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump exhibit is shutting down for being a 'flashpoint for violence'

A group of students from Hunter College of the City University of New York said they came out for the first time on Thursday, either to stand in solidarity with LaBeouf, or just to observe.

ORIGINAL STORY:  Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested early Thursday morning after a fight broke out near his 24-hour anti-Trump livestream in New York City.

LaBeouf, police said, got in a fight with a protester outside the Museum of the Moving Image, pulling on a man's scarf and scratching his face. He was charged with misdemeanor assault and released, CNN reports.

The livestream, entitled "He Will Not Divide Us," continued to run and is set to keep doing so for the entire Donald Trump presidency.

Here's a look at the livestream which LaBeouf set up on Inauguration Day

The Mantra 'HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US' acts as a show of resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism...'
HeWillNotDivide.Us

The live stream's website invites visitors to "repeat the phrase as many times and for as long as they wish." 

Here's a clip of the arrest.

Leading up to Trump's inauguration, LaBeouf tweeted "HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US" daily.

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