At Columbia University, protests over Gaza genocide continue for 3rd day; over 100 arrested

Protest over Gaza genocide at Columbia University.

Tensions are running high at Columbia University amid genocide in Gaza by Israel and the university’s response to ongoing protests. More than 100 students have been arrested for demonstrations.

Access to campus has been restricted to students and staff with university IDs. Pro-Palestinian demonstrators have reoccupied the main lawn for a third consecutive day, advocating for a ceasefire in Gaza and urging the university to divest from Israel.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested over 100 people on Thursday at the encampment on the main lawn, as protests continued both on and off campus in Upper Manhattan.

The NYPD has established barricades outside the university but has not entered the campus and does not plan to do so on Friday. School officials have warned that protests will result in further suspensions, but students have expressed their determination not to back down.

During the Thursday protests, police monitored activities near campus before confronting students at a makeshift tent city. Many people were arrested and given summonses for trespassing.

In response to the disruptions, Columbia University President Minouche Shafik wrote a letter requesting NYPD assistance to remove the encampment, citing a significant threat to the university’s operations.

Shafik regretted that attempts to resolve the situation had been rejected by the involved students, leading to the intervention of NYPD officers on campus to clear the encampment. Students were instructed to vacate the encampment by 9pm on Wednesday.

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