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US Police Arrest Dozens of Pro-Palestine Protestors at NYU as Encampments for Gaza Spreads Across Universities in the Country

US police have arrested more than two dozen people during pro-Palestine demonstrations at New York University (NYU).

Jadaliyya announced that Sinan Antoon, along with other faculty members and students, were arrested as they attempted to protect students from the police.

“NYPD is arresting faculty on their campuses for protecting their students. The academy is imbricated with the state and the military industry intent on war in blatant abrogation of its mission and any semblance of independence. What a gross betrayal,” Palestinian-American human rights attorney Noura Erakat wrote.

Officers were captured storming towards an encampment at Gould Plaza, near the university, dismantling tents and shoving them aside.

This came shortly after the clampdown on the protestors at New York’s Columbia University where more than a 100 people were arrested, setting a dangerous precedent in which students can be arrested for peaceful protest on their own campuses. 

Despite the massive arrests, a new encampment was formed with hundreds of faculty members staging a mass walkout to protest over Columbia University’s president’s mishandling of the situation.

On Monday, April 22, authorities arrested around 47 protestors at the Yale University campus in New Haven.

Columbia and Yale have declared that any students participating in the action would be suspended.

The encampments have led to massive protest movements by students across the country, including at Brown University, Berkeley, Princeton and Northwestern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Emerson College in Boston, demanding an end to the US-Backed Israeli war on Gaza that has now killed over 34,000 Palestinians and injured over 70,000 since Oct. 7, 2023.

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