May 21, 2024

Mass chaos unfolded across several college campuses in the United States on Wednesday as protests supporting Palestine intensified, with some demonstrations leading to confrontations and arrests, according to Associated Press (AP).

– University of Southern California –

At the University of Southern California (USC), police arrested student protesters in a peaceful manner on Wednesday evening, contrasting sharply with earlier clashes at the University of Texas at Austin, local reports said.

In California, tensions between police and protesters at USC had escalated earlier in the day, but arrests were made peacefully as a group of demonstrators, standing in a circle with locked arms, were detained one by one without any incidents. Helicopters hovered overhead as hundreds of onlookers watched, and the school closed the campus for safety.

– University of Texas at Austin –

Meanwhile, at the University of Texas at Austin, the situation took a more aggressive turn as police, including some on horseback, confronted protesters. Videos showed officers pushing into the crowd, resulting in some protesters falling into the street. The university, backed by Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, made 34 arrests, according to state authorities.

A photographer covering the protests was forcefully pulled to the ground by an officer, and a veteran journalist was injured in the commotion. One student described the police response as an overreaction, suggesting that the protests would have remained peaceful otherwise.

After hours of attempts to control the situation, police eventually left, allowing around 300 demonstrators to return and continue their protest on the university grounds.

University President Jay Hartzell emphasized the importance of enforcing campus rules, stating, “Our University will not be occupied.”

– California State Polytechnic University –

Further north, at California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt, students barricaded themselves inside a building for the third consecutive day, prompting the school to switch to virtual classes and close the campus.

– Harvard University-

At Harvard University, pro-Palestinian protesters set up camp after the university restricted access to Harvard Yard, the oldest part of the campus. The demonstrations followed the university’s suspension of the Harvard Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee.

These protests are part of a broader movement demanding universities to cut financial ties with Israeli Occupation and divest from companies supporting its military activities. Some Jewish students have raised concerns about anti-Semitism on campuses, prompting universities to respond with increased security measures.

– Other universities –

Several other universities experienced protests including New York University, Yale University, and Columbia University, where students booed US House Speaker Mike Johnson during his visit on Wednesday. Johnson called on the university president to resign if order could not be restored, hinting at the possibility of National Guard intervention.

Despite the tensions, Columbia University extended negotiations with protesters for an additional 48 hours, seeking to resolve the situation peacefully. Similar protests and arrests have occurred at universities nationwide, with students and faculty calling for an end to charges against protesters and greater transparency from university administrations.

– Aggression on Gaza –

Israeli Occupation aggression against Gaza has continued for 202 days, marked by severe atrocities including genocide, starvation, abuse, and displacement, resulting in a humanitarian crisis.

Gaza’s Health Ministry announced that over 34,000 Palestinians have been killed and more than 77,000 injured since October 7.

Source: AFP

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إذا كان لديك اعتقاد أن العمل المنشور في هذا الفيديو من أعمالك المحمية بحقوق التأليف والنشر وبدون إذن منك، يمكنك تقديم إشعار التعدي على حق المؤلف من خلال إرسال بريد الكتروني على العنوان التالي :
ويرجى النظر في ما إذا كان استخدامنا للعمل المحمي بحقوق التأليف والنشر استخداما عادلا غير مخالفا لحقوق التأليف والنشر قبل تقديم الإشعار.

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