College Protests over Gaza Erupt Nationwide: Dozens Arrested

Pro-Palestinian demonstrations gain momentum across major American universities, resulting in significant arrests.

Pro-Palestinian Protests at Major US Universities

Protests in support of Palestine continue to escalate at prominent US educational institutions, witnessing nearly a hundred arrests at the University of Southern California and dozens more at the University of Texas in Austin this Wednesday.

Columbia University: Center of the Movement

Columbia University remains the epicenter of these protests, which initiated last week. Demonstrators at Columbia assert that they will not disperse until the institution agrees to sever ties with Israeli universities and commits to divesting funds from entities linked to Israel, among other demands.

Calls for Administrative Action

The unrest has prompted House Speaker Mike Johnson to demand the resignation of Columbia’s president unless she restores order to the campus. Protesters maintain that they are defending free speech, while some Jewish students express concerns for their safety.

Roots of Unrest

Tensions across various US campuses were ignited following Hamas’ attack on October 7, resulting in the deaths of approximately 1,200 individuals and the taking of over 200 hostages. Israel’s subsequent military operation in Gaza has led to the loss of more than 34,000 lives, according to the enclave’s health ministry.

Latest Developments: Emerson College in Boston

Reports indicate that several protesters were arrested during clashes with Boston Police at Emerson College overnight. Video footage of the incident surfaced on various platforms, depicting the intensity of the confrontation.

Response from Emerson College Officials

Emerson College President Jay Bernhardt, along with other school authorities, addressed the situation in a letter to students, citing violations of city ordinances. Despite expressing support for the community’s right to protest, the university emphasized the importance of adhering to local and state laws to ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals involved.

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