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300 arrested at Columbia and City College Gaza protests, Eric Adams confirms

Columbia University protesters are backing student protesters and condemning the police activity on campus, they said at a Wednesday press conference.

School leaders will “go down in infamy” for calling the New York Police Department to disperse protesters, Columbia Professor Rashid Khalidi said. The group of professors also rejected claims from Mayor Eric Adams and New York police that the Columbia protests were led by “outside agitators.”

“When I was a student, back in the 60s, we were told we were led by a bunch of outside agitators by politicians nobody remembers the name of today,” Dr Khalidi continued.

Mr Adams and New York police provided scant evidence of “outside agitators,” declining to provide the number of “them arrested, or reveal their identities, citing an ongoing investigation.

Overnight, hundreds of police officers dressed in riot gear stormed Columbia where campus protesters had occupied Hamilton Hall since Monday. They later used a SWAT ramp, attached to the roof of a truck, to enter the barricaded building.

Officers arrested 109 people at Columbia. A further 173 arrests were made at the City College of New York overnight.

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Columbia University president threw students, faculty ‘under the bus,’ professor says

A professor of anthropology at Columbia University condemned President Minouche Shafik at a press conference on Wednesday.

Ms Shafik testified to Congress on 17 April about protest activity and allegations of antisemitism on Columbia’s campus. The encampment on campus was erected that same day — the next day, officers arrested more than 100 pro-Palestinian protesters.

“She never challenged the image of Columbia University as a cesspool of anti-semitism, she never challenged their descriptions of those students as anti-semites,” the professor said on Wednesday. “She, in the meantime, threw faculty members by name under the bus, and the higher principle of academic freedom and faculty governance. “

“The next day, the police came in,” the professor continued. “She had promised Congress she would crack down — it was political theatre for Congress.”

Katie Hawkinson1 May 2024 17:20

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WATCH LIVE: Professors hold press conference at Columbia University after police clear Gaza protesters

Katie Hawkinson1 May 2024 17:13

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Faculty condemn police activity on Columbia’s campus

“When I was a student, back in the 60s, we were told we were led by a bunch of outside agitators by politicians nobody remembers the name of today,” Columbia Professor Rashid Khalidi said on Wednesday afternoon.

His words referred to claims from Mayor Eric Adams and New York police that the Columbia protests were led by “outside agitators.” City officials provided scant evidence to support this claim.

“Shame on the administration of this university,” Dr Khalidi continued. “They will go down in history for having done what they did the other night.”

“We are ashamed of our university for, instead of continuing the negotiations that many were happy to be part of, decided to bring in the NYPD,” he said.

Katie Hawkinson1 May 2024 17:13

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University of California, Los Angeles cancels classes

Classes are cancelled at the University of California, Los Angeles after protests turned violent on campus.

Pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel protesters clashed in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The university’s vice chancellor, Mary Osako, said she was “sickened” by the “horrific acts of violence”.

Katie Hawkinson1 May 2024 17:09

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VIDEO: NYPD take down Palestinian flag previously put up by Columbia students

NYPD take down Palestinian flag previously put up by Columbia students

Katie Hawkinson1 May 2024 17:01

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WATCH: Columbia protest police raid ‘felt like a war zone’, says The Independent’s Richard Hall

Columbia protest police raid ‘felt like a war zone’, says The Independent’s Richard Hall

Katie Hawkinson1 May 2024 16:45

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Exclusive: Gaza solidarity encampments spread to UK universities after protests at US campuses

Students at the University of Bristol, University of Leeds, and Newcastle University set up tents in demonstrations on Wednesday, 1 May.

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Gaza solidarity encampments spread to UK universities after protests at US campuses

Gaza solidarity encampments have spread to UK universities, echoing protests across US campuses this week. Students at the University of Bristol, University of Leeds, and Newcastle University set up tents in demonstrations on Wednesday, 1 May. Bristol students said they staged the action “in protest of the university’s complicity in Israel’s genocide of Palestinians,” while Apartheid Off Campus Newcastle said their demonstration was to “highlight the institution’s investment strategy and its complicity in the Israeli military’s war crimes in Gaza and the West Bank.” It comes following violent clashes on the University of California campus between pro-Palestinian protesters and a group of counter-demonstrators, hours after police stormed Columbia University and arrested dozens of students. The Independent has contacted the UK universities for comment.

Katie Hawkinson1 May 2024 16:32

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Mayor, NYPD give little evidence on ‘outsisde agitators’

New York Mayor Eric Adams and police officials blamed “outside agitators” for inciting chaos and violence at Columbia University pro-Palestine protests.

However, they provided scant evidence for the claims on Wednesday, even denying requests to list the number of “outside agitators” arrested on Tuesday evening after police entered Columbia’s campus to clear protesters occupying Hamilton Hall.

Police officials, both on Tuesday evening and Wednesday, referred to a bike chain used in the building as evidence of “outside agitators.”

Katie Hawkinson1 May 2024 16:02

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Stephen Colbert defends pro-Palestine college campus demonstrators after Trump attack

The Late Show host, 59, spoke in solidarity with the protesters – who have gathered to urge their institutions to vocally condemn the war in Gaza.

Colbert’s chat show aired as riot police were deployed at Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall. Dozens of pro-Palestinian student protesters were arrested after they occupied the building.

Katie Hawkinson1 May 2024 15:30

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AOC condemns ‘nightmare in the making’ after NYPD officers storm Columbia protests

Columbia officials said on Tuesday evening that they were “left with no choice” but to involve the police after they said non-students were involved in the hall’s occupation.

Katie Hawkinson1 May 2024 15:00

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