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College Protests Over Gaza Spread Across America: Live Updates

2:16 am ET, April 26, 2024

Protests continue on campuses across the US as more arrests are announced. Here’s the latest

From CNN staff

A wave of pro-Palestinian campus protests is sweeping across the US, with hundreds of people arrested at universities across the country this week.

At Columbia University in New York, the epicenter of the demonstrations, protesting students said they will not disperse until the school agrees to cut ties with Israeli academic institutions and divest its funds from entities linked to Israel, in addition other requirements. Protesters on other campuses have similar demands.

The campus camps spreading across the country have brought together students from diverse backgrounds – including Palestinians, Arabs, Jews and Muslims – to decry the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.

Here are the latest developments:

Columbia UniversityAccording to The New York Times, the faculty senate is expected to vote on Friday on a resolution admonishing the school’s president, Minouche Shafik, over some of her decisions. Shafik was criticized for allowing police to stop student protests on campus.
University of Southern California: The university canceled its main commencement ceremony next month, citing “new safety measures.” Nearly 100 people have been arrested on campus.
Emory University: 28 people were arrested, including 20 members of the Emory community, during a protest at the school, Vice President for Public Safety Cheryl Elliott said. Troopers deployed pepper balls during the protest “to control the unruly crowd,” Georgia State Patrol said. A group of Democratic Georgia state lawmakers condemned the “excessive force used by Georgia State Patrol” during arrests in Emory.
Brown University: The University has identified about 130 students it says violated the school’s code of conduct that bans camps on campus. Students found responsible will be disciplined depending on their behavior and other factors, including any prior conduct violations, the university said.
Emerson College: More than 100 people were arrested and four police officers were injured during a clearing of a camp at Boston Liberal Arts College, according to Boston police. President Jay Bernhardt said he recognized and respected “the grassroots activism and passion that led to the protest” after dozens of arrests.
Indiana University: 33 people were detained on campus after camp protests.
George Washington University: DC Metropolitan Police were asked to help move an “unauthorized protest encampment” on campus, university President Ellen M. Granberg said. The decision came “after multiple instructions from GWPD to move to an alternate demonstration site on campus were not followed by camp participants,” she said.
University of California, Los Angeles: An “encampment demonstration” formed at UCLA on Thursday.
Northeastern University: An encampment formed at Northeastern University in Boston, where dozens of protesters formed a human chain around several tents.
Other campuses: Since last Thursday, there have been protests on several campuses, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Michigan, the University of New Mexico, the University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, Harvard University, Princeton University and the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus.