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Student of Indian descent in the US arrested for pro-Palestine protests on campus

New York: A female student of Indian origin studying at the prestigious Princeton University is one of two students arrested and barred from campus for organizing pro-Palestinian protests on campus.

Achinthya Sivalingan, born in Coimbatore and raised in Columbus, has been barred from campus and faces disciplinary action, a university spokesperson said.

Protesters set up tents outside a student-led pro-Palestinian encampment in McCosh Courtyard around 7 a.m. Thursday. After warnings from university officials, two Princeton students were arrested, and the remaining protesters packed up their camping gear and continued the demonstration as a sit-in, the Princeton Alumni Weekly said in a report.

About 100 college and graduate students began a sit-in at McCosh Courtyard early Thursday morning, joining a wave of pro-Palestinian sit-ins across the country.

The protesting students are demanding that colleges cut their financial ties with Israel and divest companies they say enable the deadly Gaza conflict. Some Jewish students say the protests have turned into anti-Semitism and they are afraid to enter campus.

After student organizers first began setting up tents, Princeton Public Safety (PSAFE) issued its first warning to protesters. At least two student arrests have been made. After the initial arrests, students folded them, the Daily Princetonian reported.

The two students, Achinthya Sivalingam GS and Hassan Sayed GS, were arrested within six minutes of setting up the first tents.

“The two graduate students have been immediately excluded from campus pending disciplinary proceedings,” university spokesperson Jennifer Morrill wrote to the ‘Prince’.

“No force was used by public safety officials in carrying out the arrests, which were made without resistance,” Morrill added.

Students will be arrested and barred from campus if they refuse to quit after a warning, according to a campuswide message from Vice President for Campus Life W. Rochelle Calhoun on Wednesday morning.

Urvi, a first-year PhD student, called the arrest “violent” and said cable ties were placed around their wrists.

“They were evicted from their homes and given less than five minutes to collect their belongings,” Urvi said.

This post was last modified on April 26, 2024 11:17 am