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US Campus Protests Live Updates: Police clears pro-Palestine protesters from Columbia University

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Police use a special vehicle to enter Hamilton Hall which protesters occupied, as other officers enter the campus of Columbia University, during the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in New York City, U.S., April 30, 2024. (Photo: Reuters)

US Campus Protests Live Updates, May 1, 2024: Dozens were arrested Tuesday after Columbia University called in police to end the pro-Palestinian occupation on the New York campus, news agency AP reported. The demonstrators had occupied Hamilton Hall more than 12 hours earlier, spreading their reach from an encampment on the grounds. Before officers entered the campus, the New York Police Department received a notice from Columbia authorising officers to take action, a law enforcement official told the news agency.

Earlier on Monday, Columbia University began issuing suspensions as colleges around the US begged pro-Palestinian demonstrators to clear out tent encampments as commencement ceremonies approach. Moreover, last week, pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested on a handful of United States university campuses, as activists vowed to keep up the movement. The plight of students who were arrested became a central part of the protests, with faculty and demonstrators demanding amnesty for them.

Why are the students protesting? The protests come in light of Israel’s offensive in Gaza after Hamas launched a deadly attack on southern Israel on October 7 last year which left over 1,000 Israelis dead. According to the local health ministry, news agency AP reported, Israel have killed more than 34,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Several students across US colleges are demanding that the universities cut their financial ties to Israel.

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Protests intensified across college and university campuses in the United States Monday with anti-Israeli protesters flying a Palestinian flag in a spot usually reserved for the American flag at Harvard University, its student-led newspaper, Harvard Crimson, reported.

“A group of three protesters hoisted the (Palestinian) flags over the John Harvard statue in the Yard, where the University sometimes flies the American flag or flags of the countries of visiting foreign dignitaries,” the report said.

Harvard spokesperson Jonathan L Swain has called the hoisting of the flags “a violation of University policy” and said that “individuals involved will be subject to disciplinary action.”

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